Short articles, YouTube videos, blogs or posts found on the internet or posted on the LSAA Facebook page. (in random order)

If any LSAA member has an article or notices something of interest they could email a link and/or text to blogger @ LSAA.org (no spaces)

A few lightweight structures here with some that appear that they may need a bit more engineering input. Looks great

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In Sydney for the past 35 or so years there has been great free pre-Christmas Concerts for families.

The event is held in the Domain, and each year the quite large stage and the canopy is erected.

The founding President of the then MSAA (now the LSAA) was largely responsible for developing the canopy concept.

Vinzenz Sedlak started with a lycra model at a scale of 1:100 and envisaged four masts located near each corner of the stage. Diagonal cross cables spanned between the opposite mast heads and a long front edge cable gave an uninterrupted view of the stage area.

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North Queensland Stadium construction progress, Townsville. From the video you can see what a great location it is relative the city centre.

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Take a bird’s eye view of the North Queensland Stadium. This footage from Friday 1 March 2019 shows the stadium build is about 38% complete! 

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The SergeFerrari Group announces the acquisition of Verseidag-Indutex thus strengthing its global leader position in Tensile Architecture and Modular Structures and becoming a key player in non-combustible solutions.

See the Press Release by SergeFerrari

See the Press Release by Jagenberg (Verseidag)

Article added July 31 2020

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The progress fly through of Al Bayt Stadium that featured at our 2018 conference. The cladding is nearing completion and the bespoke patterned fabric roof soffit is impressive.

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Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City is almost ready for action. Learn more about this 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ semi-final venue here: https://sc.qa/en/stadiums/...

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Scattered domes, in a beer garden, to warm up in on a beautifully sunny winters day. Darling harbour, Sydney

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Bunjil Place has opened! 

This exciting new facility is designed as a cultural hub for the Narre Warren area in Melbourne’s east, and its opening weekend was celebrated with two full days of exhibitions and performances for the community. 

Centralised from our Melbourne office, LSAA Member TTW’s team contributed
structural, civil and façade engineering services and worked closely with FJMT Studio​ and Multiplex to bring this striking multi-functional building to life. 

The building's dominant feature is the timber gridshell, the first of its kind in Australia.

Congratulations to all involved in this exciting project!

http://www.ttw.com.au/projects/bunjil-place/

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Just a short note to say that Boxing Day is a day of sporting highlights in Australia - as well as a lot of mahem at the sales.

The first day of the third cricket test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground - The "G" - saw a crowd of some 73,000 watch a slow scoring day on a flat pitch. India batting.

Also Boxing Day is the start of the annual Sydney to Hobart classic ocean yacht race.

From a lightweight structures viewpoint we have the extensive roof structures at the cricket. Also the fast sailing machines with their composite lightweight hulls, prestressed tensile rigging, tensioned fabric sails precisely cut to give a form to generate maximum driving force.

In recent years we have twin rudders and canting keels to maximize the functions of these appendages and in doing so further reduce the weight of the boats.

Some of the super-maxis have very large beams to enhance the planning ability and effects of the crew as ballast. 

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Project Highlight: Opening of HOTA (Home of the Arts) at the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct

LSAA Member Contributors: Structural Engineer - Arup, Fabric Supply and Installation - Fabritecture, Fabric Design - Wade Design Engineers

Designers: ARM architecture and Topotek1

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Above image by Andrew Lane - see here

For more photos refer to:
http://fabritecture.com/project/gccp/

Also to an article HERE

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New Canopy Holds Up Adelaide’s International Tennis Position.

The internationally sanctioned men’s and women’s tennis tournament will be played under the centre courts new canopy – being designed by COX Architecture.
The canopy, which spans 80 metres in length and covers the two existing grandstands and court areas, was highlighted by Premier Steven Marshall as a decisive factor in Adelaide securing the high-profile sporting event and reinstates Memorial Drive as a world-class tennis venue.
Tennis Australia Chief Executive Office Craig Tiley believes ‘now that we’ve got the roof’ more high-profile tennis tournaments will be seen in Adelaide.

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There has been a number of curved and interesting footbridges built recently here in Melbourne. See these pics:

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LSAA member Tensys have been developing tensile aviary structures for the Mandai Project, as part of the ever expanding eco-precinct in Singapore. If you haven't been before the highlight is the Night Safari.

#MandaiProject #Nightsafari #Singapore #Tensionstructures #CablenetsVisitSingapore

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The rejuvenation of Mandai will involve the integration of the existing River Safari, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo with upcoming new attractions - includin...

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The Centaur Pod is the result of a research project between Arup and UNSW. It is a kinematic folded plate structure that defines an internal space such as a meeting room and can change form based on the changing environment or need. The mechanism is powered pneumatically.

#Origamistructures

 
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The ‘Centaur Pod’ prototype seeks to challenge a static built environment. The result of a Research project between Arup and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, it’s an origami inspired meeting room that can expand and contract in response to its surroundings and how it is bein...

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A tower that used the drying process of timber to make the structure self twist

University of Stuttgart #Timber #LSAA

 
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University of Stuttgart engineers have harnessed the natural shrinking process of wood as it loses moisture to create this world-first self-twisted tower in Germany.

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"Enter at your own Risk," a trafficable sticky tape sculpture spanning between the walls and the ceiling at the Des Moines Art Centre, USA.

Other guidelines include:
- max 5 people at a time
- no standing, running or jumping
- wear sox etc ...