A valuable aspect of LSAA Conferences is to include site visits to recent projects in the company of technical people that were intimately involved with the design, fabrication or erection. In several cases we have organized the current client/owner to be present as well to comment on the performance of the project.
See also the following article about The Cloud - as it was entered into a previous LSAA Design Awards.
Photos by Peter Kneen
The Pre-conference day was spent in a visit to Allan Gibb's magnificent Sculpture Farm north of Auckland.
Of particular interest was a very large tension fabric structure by Anish Kapour that sliced through a ridge on the farm. The form was defined by two ellipses. One one side of the ridge the major axis of the ellipse (formed by a curved tubular steel pipe) was orientated in a vertical direction whilst on the other side the major axis was horizontal.
Most photos by Peter Kneen
The 2011 Conference was held at the Novotel Hotel at Sydney Olympic Park.
Two stadiums and other interesting structures were within easy walking distance of the venue although no specific site visits were conducted.
Photos - Peter Kneen
The LSAA 2009 Conference and Design Awards were held in Melbourne at the Victorian Arts Centre.
The sit visit included inspecting the spire and lower "skirt" of the Arts Centre (Designed by Sir Roy Grounds with the spire design by Peter Kneen through John Connell - later Aurecon).
A pleasant stroll across the Botanical Gardens took us to an early wonderful example of a cablenet structure - the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
Photos by Joseph Dean
An informative site visit was organized for the last afternoon session of the 2007 Gold Coast Conference.
Buses took the delegates to the nearby Skilled Stadium which was being constructed.
Of particular interest was the timing which enabled the installation of the tensioned fabric roof panels to be observed.
The following images were taken by Brian O'Flaherty and by Peter Kneen in the second Gallery
As part of the 2013 Conference in Auckland the group visited the Westlake Girls High School to inspect the recently completed tensioned fabric structure covering the outdoor courts.