Author: Andrews, Ewart S
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Andrews, Ewart S
AS in our own country, so in the Netherlands, the supply of dwellings for the people in
pre-war days was by means other than through the instrumentality of local authorities. In England and Wales prior to 1909, 98 per cent. of the houses for the needs of the working classes, were provided by private enterprise of various kinds and without aid from public funds. Although a certain stimulus to the housing activities of local authorities was given by the Housing and Town-Planning Act of 1909, the result of their efforts in the provision of new houses was comparatively small.
Sir Charles T. Ruthen
A hundred years ago it was possible for a man to be simultaneously a great civil engineer, a great structural engineer and a great architect as well. Is it because the three professions were less highly specialised than they are at present or did there tread the earth in those days men of greater intellectual stature than our modern generation seems able to produce? Or is it some quite remediable circumstance which disallows the expression of a constructive genius catholic in its scope and capable of subordinating the multifarious activities of engineers to a common cultural end? As Sir John Rennie has finely said: "The real object of the civil engineer is to promote the civilization of the world." The same may be said of the mechanical engineer, the structural engineer and also the architect. The utilitarian virtues of convenience, economy and durability must, of course, be aimed at, but we must also strive after humanism, that state of accomplishment in the art of living wherein man is master over all the mechanical means he has created for his use and is never on any occasion subservient to them. Let the machine bear the human mark rather than man bear the mark
of the machine. Engineers are under an obligation to achieve design in the complete sense of this word and-need we hesitate to say it?-beauty.
A. Trystan Edwards
The discussion was opened by MR. H.J. DEANE, B.E., M.Inst.C.E., etc ., Vice-President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, who said :-You are no doubt aware that the late Mr. H.G. Bamber was to have opened the discussion this evening, but his untimely death necessitated other arrangements being made. Mr. Bamber, I believe, had already made some notes on the subject, and there are few who were in a better position to deal with a matter in which intimate knowledge plays so important a part. His untimely death will be wry much regretted by all those who knew him, none of whom can have failed to appreciate his keenness in all he undertook, his never-failing courtesy, and his cheerful disposition. I am sure that all will agree that we have sustained a great loss.