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)

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...

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...

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! 

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

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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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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

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.

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?

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?

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. 

Google HQ under construction. A steel frame diagrid with a tension form supported by columns at the high points. Also recommend checking out BIG's page for some context https://big.dk/#projects-gce

#BIG BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group

 
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Google's new California headquarters, designed by the studios of Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick, is captured in this aerial footage by The 111th that s...

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.

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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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"

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