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Sir,-As the paragraph in the February issue of The Strutural Engineer relating to the Bill for Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors now before the South African Parliament, appears to have been written under considerable misapprehension, I feel that it is due to you that a local Member of the Institution should let you know the facts in regard to the Bill in question.
MR. E. FIANDER ETCHELLS (Past President) proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Bylander for his paper. Dealing with the, question of floor loads, he said that Mr. Bylander's list was particularly interesting, because, to a very great extent, it was the average of
the world's opinion. In every country there were extremists who took particular views on particular topics, but if one considered the whole of the recommendations of these various authorities, one would find that there was such a thing as a centre of gravity of instructed opinion as to what the loads might, be, and Mr. Bylander had got wonderfully near to that standard practice. Certainly the loads he had given would not
suit all, but if each opinion were considered separately, and an average obtained, the list would be very much the same as that given in the paper. Therefore the author's figures might well be accepted.
IT is very often stated that ferro-concrete construction, inasmuch as it renders possible wider spans to the apertures in buildings, will lead to the creation of a new style and that the old proportions of architecture will be superseded. Very long bressummers unsupported except at their extremities now cause us aesthetic displeasure, but we are told that as soon as our senses are trained to familiarity with these forms, they will seem not only satisfactory but even elegant. Two separate fallacies appear to be involved in this assumption, and as these fallacies are brought forward again and again in numerous articles and discussions on the aesthetic factor in ferro-concrete construction, I propose to devote a few paragraphs to attempting their refutation.
A. Trystan Edwards