This verse deals with the error in the standards of people when they receive the commands of Allah (swt). They took the orders, denied them, and even did the opposite of them, and as a result of their huge constructions they increased in tyranny.
Allah (swt) mentioned one scourge of these people that they transgressed in the lands. Allah (swt) did not censure them for their buildings and civilization rather He censured them for their transgression and arrogance with their material progress.
Allah (swt) has allowed us to take the causes of progress and advancement and to contrive from the secrets of existence what makes us in prosperity, grace and luxury, but within the limits that Allah (swt) has made lawful to us.