Articles from earlier LSAA Seminars, Conferences and Design Awards

LSAA 2011  Workshop, Conference, Public Lecture and Design Awards

Public Lecture Flyer & Reg Details

Venue: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park October 12-14 2011
 

1.Technical Workshop

"Design of Tensioned Fabric and Shadecloth Structures"

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Further information:

Workshop Flyer and Draft Program – (PDF)

Registration form - to fill in and sent back
(Word Doc) (download file)

Sponsorship Opportunities - PDF

LSAA 2011 Conference on Collaborative Design and LSAA Design Awards

Venue: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, 13-14 October Thursday & Friday 2011.

The unique characteristics of larger Lightweight Structure applications – stadia, transport hubs, exhibition spaces, clear span environmental protection – requires an added degree of collaborative design input to be successful.  It is also a feature of these structures that the design details are exposed, very variable in 3D geometry and visible which in turn demands an extra level of design input. There is normally specialized expertise needed for the erection or assembly of such delicate but graceful structures.

The Lightweight Structures Association of Australasia 
2010 Symposium

Design of Tension Membrane and Shadecloth Shade Structures

Thursday  October 21st 2010 in Brisbane at the Brisbane River View Hotel

Tensioned membrane structures have become an important structural form for both large span roof structures as well as for smaller covered areas which also serve as an architectural statement.

The design principles and fabric material properties needed to be understood for a successful realization of a project are not covered in University courses. This seminar is an opportunity to learn about the basic structural design parameters, material selection, fabrication and erection techniques.

"Technology and Sustainability Applications in Lightweight Structures"

Our invited International Speaker is Prof Ian Liddell. Ian is a founder of the respected firm of Buro Happold in the UK. Amongst a raft of completed impressive lightweight structures around the world, perhaps the most well known that Ian designed is the Milleniumm Dome.

Ian Liddell CBE, one of thefounding partners of Buro Happold, retired in 2005 but continues to work for the practice as a consultant. He is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Engineering Design at Cambridge University’s School of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is an Honourary Fellow of the Royal Institution of British Architects.

RAS Night picture

"Technology and Sustainability Applications in Lightweight Structures"

A two day Conference which highlighted the advances and practical use of new technologies, materials and sustainability principles for Lightweight Structures.

Thursday/Friday October 29/30 2009 
The Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Our invited International Speaker was Prof Ian Liddell. Ian is a founder of the respected firm of Buro Happold in the UK. Amongst a raft of completed impressive lightweight structures around the world, perhaps the most well known that Ian designed is the Milleniumm Dome. He is an Honourary Fellow of the Royal Institution of British Architects.

We were also privileged to have two outstanding local Architects agree to give keynote presentations. Daryl Jackson and Patrick Ness are well known to the Melbourne fraternity with a swag of completed projects and current work in the area of lightweight structures and stadia.

LSAA STA

The LSAA joined with the Specialized Textiles Association in a combined trade expo supported by conference presentations.

The event was held at the Crowne Plaza in the Hunter Valley NSW from May 31 to June 2 2014.

LSAA 2013 Conference Wrap Up

The theme of the conference was "Touching the Earth Lightly"

This conference will look at the most efficient use of materials & resources to have a marked effect on our planet, our lives and our future.  We want to help get people thinking about building better, building for the environment and living lightly on the planet.

Lightweight structures can not only be light they can be relocatable, reusable, recyclable and offer many sustainable advantages for architects, engineers and developers.