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Following general discussions in 1981 on changes in the Building Regulations (CMND 8179; The future of building control in England and Wales) the Department of the Environment last May invited comments on two consultative documents: The FORM of future Regulations; and their CONTENT. On behalf of the Council the President has authorised that the following observations be sent to the Department as reflecting views of the Institution. The comments have been drawn up by the Working Party appointed by the Council under the Chairmanship of Mr R. J. M. Sutherland (Vice-president). The Department has proposed that the Regulations themselves should be confined to broad functional requirements purely expressive of their tasks.
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