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To engineers, design typically has less to do with aesthetics and appearance and more to do with fabrication and performance. Engineers tend to focus on the structure behind the facade. They worry about how the building will be built, how it will stand, whether it will sway too much in the wind, whether it will survive an earthquake, whether it will crack or leak. Engineers designing the structural frame of hotel buildings take into account the strength and stiffness of ballroom floors, where large crowds will gather and rhythmic dancing will occur. Engineers are expected to think about how a building will be heated and cooled, how air will circulate among its spaces, how energy efficient it will be. In the ideal world, the design efforts of architects and engineers complement each other, resulting in a building that is both a joy to look at and a pleasure to use. But all too often in practice, things do not work out like that, and the users of the building pay the price. In most buildings, the work of the architect masks, cloaks and hides the work of the engineer. Engineering criticism is almost unheard of in public discussions of building design, although it does sometimes come to the fore when buildings fall down, as in the case of the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.


67. It is clear from the passage that, when engineers design a building, they ----.

A) take into consideration what it will be used for
B) make sure that the site is suitable
C) completely ignore aesthetic aspects
D) aim to make it multi-functional
E) are very much limited by the amount of money that is allocated

Which do you think is correct? To me, D seems to be correct but still I have doubts about the use of "multifunctional" in that sense. What do you think?
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No I don't think the answer is D. That would mean that the buildings would all have many functions - uses - which is clearly not true. A hotel does not have to also function as an ice rink and a cinema. Think again.
then the next candidate is B, where the word "site" poses a problem as it , as far as I know, means the place of a building but the paragraph does not tell us about the place of a building. Am I wrong? And what is your choice?
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Hi,

If I may quote Nona, 'Think again'! The site is not a key part of the original paragraph

Best wishes, Clive.
you mean A? but the paragraph does not talk about the use of a building. Well, somewhere it tells us about a hotel, but not its use I think. I would think what has been cited in the paragraph to be the things which an engineer would take into consideration when building a building rather than the uses of a building. And do you think the pronoun "it" in A refers just to the hotel? If so, wouldn't the reference be missing as the hotel is mentioned just once. Furthermore, the passage talks about buildings in general. Emotion: thinkingEmotion: rolleyes
Hi,

you mean A? Yes

but the paragraph does not talk about the use of a building. Well, somewhere it tells us about a hotel, but not its use I think. I would think what has been cited in the paragraph to be the things which an engineer would take into consideration when building a building rather than the uses of a building. Well, to some extent, you are right. However, I think A is better than any of the other alternatives given.

And do you think the pronoun "it" in A refers just to the hotel? No.

Best wishes, Clive
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"..how the building will be built, how it will stand, whether it will sway too much in the wind, whether it will survive an earthquake, whether it will crack or leak."

All these are concerned with the site where the building is situated, and are the processes that should be taken into effect before the construction, and also need engineering.

So my choice would be "B"
Is there anyone else to add his/her comment to this tiring question?
I was being tentative with A and B and finally chose A because I found the word "suitable" to be ambiguous in that context.
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