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IN February, 1938, two 40 ft. span steel girder bridges in Low-dien, located a 108 miles north of Canton were wrecked during an air raid. The extent of the damage was
so severe that in any other country these wrecked bridges would undoubtedly have gone
as scrap iron.
Summarising the tendency of to-day in the planning and construction of buildings it may
be said that simplicity and cheapness combined with utility are the dominating factors, and little importance is attached to the splendour of the fagade, as has been customary previously. The modern style is preferred and is suitable both for frame structures and simple planning.
Stuart Matthews considers the potential benefits – and difficulties – of developing performance- or outcomes-based codes of practice and standards.