chapter  1
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The first thing that any building has to do is stand up. The building is hardly there to satisfy the needs of structure but, whatever its purpose and plan, structural needs will have had a vital hand in shaping its form. And yet, we are so used to buildings not falling down that we hardly stop to wonder why they do not. In fact, ‘structure’ is often thought of as a rather rarefied sub­ ject obscured by tedious sums, but it need not be so, fo r sums do not in themselves shape structural design and nor are they essential to a basic understanding o f the principles from which structural solutions spring.