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The paper documents the design of First City Tower, Houston, Texas, which incorporates steel and concrete in six combinations to give a composite building. The design concepts and details employed have resulted in economy of the total building cost by reducing the tonnage of steel used in the structural frame and by speeding the erection process. Auxiliary studies (wind tunnel, dynamics, (he monitoring of building settletnent and column length shortening) are described. B. S. Taranath
Surface transport systems are big users of land. The exclusive use of land for transport in urban areas can create large, sterile spaces and yet this land is potentially very valuable. The construction of the mass transit railway in Hong Kong has provided a number of opportunities for integrated development. This paper describes such a development at Tsuen Wan where a township of 20 000 people was established above the maintenance workshops and stabling yards of the mass transit railway. The initial planning concept is described and details are given of the design and construction of the main depot building and the residential tower blocks. In particular, details are given of the wind tunnel test carried out on the superstructure, and the structural analysis of the reinforced concrete shear wall structures of the residential blocks. John Burrows and David Croft John Burrows and David Croft
Clifford Evans, Senior Partner, Wallace Evans & Partners, Consulting Engineers (based in Penarth, South Wales, and with offices, also, in London, North Wales, Scotland, Jamaica, Hong Kong and the Middle East), will succeed Tom Akroyd as President of the Institution 1982-83. The changeover comes on Thursday 7 October 1982 when, at an Ordinary Meeting at 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SWlX SBH, at 6pm, Mr Evans will give his Presidential Address ‘Structural engineering- what and whither?’. The full text will appear in The Structural Engineer, December 1982.