Science: Skyscrapers v. Wind

Last week in Manhattan the American Society of Civil Engineers met to ponder the problem of bracing skyscrapers against the winds of heaven. Professor Clarence Richard Young, structural engineer at the University of Toronto, read the report of the Society's subcommittee No. 31, "On Wind Bracing in Steel Buildings." To be safe, said Professor Young, a builder must brace his skyscraper for a wind pressure of 20 Ib. per sq. ft. for the first 500 ft. of height. Then he must allow for an increase of 2 Ib. per sq. ft. in...

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