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LIKE it or not, concrete is with us. It is with us to stay and grows faster in its hold day by day. These facts being realised our course is obvious. It is for us to change those aspects of concrete which we do not like; and this we can do only by familiarising ourselves with not only the existing products but also with the processes of its manufacture and the machinery used therein. By this means only shall we place ourselves in a position to improve and enhance the possibilities of concrete. To recognise the full justice of this point of view it is necessary to go back in mind only a very few years and to recall the horrible monstrosities which resulted from the undisciplined introduction of cast iron mantle registers. These, at first, until taken under the wing of certain architectural designers were mongrels until refinement was induced into their outward expressions.
H. Bryant Newbold
The following is an extract from a paper on “Ocean Beach Esplanade, San Francisco, California,” by M. M. O’Shaughnessy, M.Am.Soc.C.E., which appeared in the Proceedings of the Am.Soc.C.E., for November 1923, page 1846.
This issue of THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEER contains my Presidential Address to The Institution of Structural Engineers. As the reader may or may not have discovered, I took as my text the History of the Invention and Development of Portland Cement, this year being the Centenary of the invention of that cement, which has had so large an influence on the profession af Structural Engineering. Having taken a text, I had, more or less, to confine myself to a discourse upon it, and the result was that I was left with no space or time in which to dilate upon the aims, activities and engagements of the Institution of which I have the hanour to be President. I will now endeavour to give an account of my Stewardship as far as it has gone, and to foreshadow what I hope will be done during the remainder of my period of office.