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> ?Although modern technologies and new materials have greatly decreased the
> number of structural failures in today?s world, buildings still fall down

I seem to recall from the endnotes of a "suspense" novel back in the
eighties regarding a fallen skyscraper (anyone remember that? It was
excerpted over several issues of Civil Engineer magazine, and the "hero"
was a structural engineer)(And FWIW, the "villain" was the EGO of an
arrogant architect) that there has never been a structural failure of a
large building due to design flaws.

Most of the failures including the spectacular ones like the KC Regency
Hyatt were failures of components due to detailing or construction error.

I could be wrong, though. Enlighten me.

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