Royal Institute of British Architects

Royal Institute of British Architects

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...amendments. The proposition that there should be one uniform law he could not help thinking Quixotic. It would be impossible to have one law for all England. The diverse nomenclature of building materials in different parts of the country was but one instance of the difficulties to be encountered should the attempt be made. The Government had shown no great anxiety to reform the building laws. The attempt at codification in 1875 turned out a disastrous failure. The Bill had been very patiently framed, but it was thrown out by the House of Commons, the Institute and the district surveyors being foremost amongst its opponents. The Metropolitan Board of Works had introduced into the present Parliament a short Bill dealing with the limitation of the cubical contents of warehouses, &c., but it thought any attempt at a more comprehensive reform unadviseable. The Act of 1878 had been pretty generally approved, and its working had been beneficial. HENRY DAWSON, Fellow, thought there should be two sets of rules. The general there could be no objection to. The particular rules, relative to strength of timber and iron, and requiring the deposit of drawings, should be applicable to those buildings only in the erection of which no architect was employed. A professional tribunal to appeal to in disputed cases would stop a great deal of litigation. The CHAIRMAN thought they were all deeply indebted to Mr. Boult for having brought the subject before them. The By-laws were for restraining the " scamps," and no honest men need fear them. How were these " scamps" to be dealt with if no details distinguishing between good and bad work were specified? He did not think uniform legislation possible. Climate, materials, modes of building varied...show more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236537602
  • 9781236537607