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Pre-stressed legals

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Reasons for specifying particular materials can be curious, but few are more so than at David Chipperfield's Salerno Law Courts in Italy. The authorities told the design team that high-strength concrete would not be allowed unless it was precast. The reason? High-strength in situ concrete provided too many opportunities for cheating contractors, who might put in less cement than had been specified - landing them eventually, one assumes, inside the very law courts that they were constructing.

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