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The Annual Dinner of the Institution of Structural Engineers was held at the Piccadilly Hotel on Monday, April 12th, 1926, when there were 50 members and guests present.
THE CHAIRMAN (Mr. J. Mitchell Moncrieff, M.Inst.C.E., Vice-president) said that members would agree with him that Mr. Andrews had furnished an interesting paper of an extremely practical kind, and he was now looking forward to seeing a kinematograph film which, he understood, would be projected to illustrate some of the things that had been said. The paper carried his mind back for thirty-five years, to the time when,
as a young man, he designed a bridge in wrought iron, and it was put out to tender. The managing director of one of the tendering firms, an old friend of his, said, “Why did you design it in wrought iron?" He replied that he did so because more was known about wrought iron than anything else. His friend then said, “You should design it in steel.” He thereupon said that he would re-design it in steel, and he did so, on which his friend said, “But we have a lot of trouble in steel. Why, some of the bars we had in our yard last week cracked right across.” “In that case,” was his reply, "we had better go back to wrought iron.” The bridge, however, was built in steel.
Like many other important issues the subject of architecture is best understood by an appreciation of elemental truths. In this paper it will be endeavoured to show the necessity for a revision of ideas in order to bring the scientific art into closer touch with modern life.
Professor A. E. Richardson