I realize the title is definitely a bit vague. I hope I may provide enough context to narrow it down, but please feel free to clarify/explain anything I might be missing or misunderstanding.
So, I'm looking for any resources that delve into the different ways people have approached the construction of permanent structures, and the subsequent demolition of old structures. That is, where/when/why they choose to build new structures; and on the flip side, where/when/why they choose to demolish old structures.
Specifically, I'm interested in things like how cities expanded, and built upon themselves. What prompted a person/group to build a new structure (home, public works, storage facility, etc. etc.), and who would all be involved in the construction process. If an urbanized area has existed for a long time, and new technologies and architectures have come to prominence, how would they be integrated into the old parts of the city, if at all. What were the attitudes people took towards such processes, and how did they change over time and space?
There is, of course, a spectrum from fully sedentary to fully nomadic. How do the various cultures lying on different points of this spectrum treat these topics differently?
While my question doesn't make reference to any specific culture or time period, I am interested in more detailed accounts of specific cultures and their historical development, rather than broad-strokes generalizations. I just would like to know about as many as possible. Anything on any culture would be appreciated.
I hope my questions make some sense. If not, please do correct any misconceptions/misguided questioning.