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)

From the Spire

I recently had a short trip down to Melbourne and took a few pictures of the Arts Centre Spire which was constructed in the late 1970s.

Conceptually, the spire is a sculpture which was intended to indicate the location of something special located under the tall, tapering open lattice structure.

The "upper spire" is from bolted steel tubes with a geometry utilizing tetrahedrons so as to reduce the number of members meeting at a joint. Four joints are at each higher level and these four are rotated by 45 degrees in plan from those at the adjacent levels.

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...

An experimental temporary structure "TemporActive" was constructed as part of Tensinet's latest symposium in Italy. A single skin form with cable stiffended ribs.

#Tensinet #fabric #lightweight

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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

Lightweight Structures such as cablenets and tensioned fabric structures often exhibit relatively large deformations under changing loads.

Rock climbers will rely on the extension characteristics of their ropes to cushion any fall to a deceleration that the body can withstand.

However the following link points to an extreme case of an engineered net to safely catch a dear-devil sky diver from a 7600m free fall without a parachute.

A parachute is also an example of a tensioned fabric structure which adopts a geometric form in response to applied loads (person plus air resistance).

See: https://www.createdigital.org.au/extreme-engineering-luke-aikins-skydive/ where the source of this image is acknowledged.

Luke Aikins during his record breaking skydive

 

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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Tensinet, our European equivalent, publishes a newsletter twice a year. Even if you are not a member there are a few articles that they share as a teaser

#Tensinet

TENSINET.COM
 

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

DESIGNBOOM.COM
For more details see: Designboom website
 

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! 

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

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The last of these bridges is curved and the load carrying deck (pedestrians and bicycles) creates significant torsion on the main support spine.

This bridge won a LSAA Design Award in 2016.

However, up in Vietnam, a new elevated footbridge in a heavy tourist region has some big hands appearing to support the bridge.

Check it out at this link!!

DesignBoom.com Article

Credit to "Designboom.com"

The LSAA committee has spotted two LSAA member projects in the shortlist of the World Architectural Festival 2018. Congratulations to your respective architects and the LSAA members that have contributed to the project’s success. Please let me know if I have missed a project. #WAF18

http://fabritecture.com/project/westfield-chermside-urchin/

https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/

Shopping Completed Buildings: Westfield Chermside Outdoor Dining and Leisure Precinct
- Architects: Scentre Group Design / Urbis / Armada Australia
- Fabrication & Construction: Fabritecture - Custom Fabric Architecture
- Structural Design: Wade Design Engineers

Sport Completed Buildings: Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia 
- Architects: HASSELL COX HKS
- Structural Design: Arup
- Fabric Design and Install: MakMax Australia Tensile Membrane Specialists

Anish Kapoor's Sculpture, "Sectional Body Preparing for Monadic Singularity", 2015. A steel frame clad in PVC

Lisson Gallery

This morning at Lisson Gallery #AnishKapoor announced his first large-scale solo exhibition in China. Kapoor will open a solo show across the Central Academy of...

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A BBC article on current and future thinking in robotic construction and construction monitoring

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Will robots, drones and smart diggers create our future homes and workplaces?

What an iconic venue in the Kings Domain in Melbourne! And Happy 60th Birthday!! WOW

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This is a unique tensile cablenet structure was designed by Barry Patten of the Architectural firm Yuncken Freeman Brothers, Griffiths and Simpson. Engineering was done by Irwin Johnstone.

A BBC article on current and future thinking in robotic construction and construction monitoring

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Will robots, drones and smart diggers create our future homes and workplaces?