How much structure is needed

When architects design gravity-laden structure at a preliminary design stage they can refer to plenty of design aids to help them size members

Plan

Plan

(a) Heavy construction

Plan

(a) Heavy construction

Plan

(c) Light construction

Plan

(c) Light construction

▲ 6.12 Ground floor plans of a four-storey building showing how structural dimensions change for different construction weights (drawn to scale).

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