The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 4 (1926) > Issues > Issue 4 > The structural engineer as artist: chapterIV: street facades (continued)
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The structural engineer as artist: chapterIV: street facades (continued)

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apertures in buildings, will lead to the creation of a new style and that the old proportions of architecture will be superseded.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

Author(s): Edwards, A Trystan