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Hypar lattice shells form the lower spire skirt of the Victorian Arts Centre
Hypar lattice shells form the lower spire skirt of the Victorian Arts Centre

When you come to the LSAA 2024 Conference and Design Awards jointly held with Swinburne University, take the time to appreciate "Vibrant Melbourne".

Melbourne is a rapidly growing city - voted the most liveable city for many years.

In recent years there has been an enormous amount of construction in the areas of the Docklands, Spencer Streets and Southbank.

Sidney Myer Music Bowl - A very early cablenet
Sidney Myer Music Bowl

There are a number of lightweight structures in and around Melbourne.

There are the roof structures at the major sports stadia - Tennis Centre (Rod Laver and Margaret Court Arenas), the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the Rectangular AAMI Stadium, the Etihad Stadium and the Southern Cross train station.

The Victorian Arts Centre Spire, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the nearby Aquatic Centre are other examples.

Smaller tensioned fabric structures can be found throughout Melbourne.

Details of 2024 Conference and Design Awards

We are again working closely with Swinburne, University of Melbourne and RMIT on a two day event in September 2024. This page will contain details and articles related to the upcoming event.

For the following links you may need to use your "Back" button to return here - the links may replace this page.

Our two Keynote Speaker profiles have been added - Rachaporn Choochuey,  Design Director, all(zone) and Alastair Richardson is a Director of COX. (Updated April 30 2024)

Details of the Program - (May 21 2024) Can be viewed on the Program page

Conference Theme - expect to hear more about the impact of AI on teaching and design

General Information about the Design Awards - Gallery of 2022 Winners added (April 2). Start getting your entries together. Closing Date August 14 2024
Brief Introduction to the Inaugural Student Awards  (updated 30 April 2024)

Some Lightweight Structures in Melbourne - worth extending your stay in Melbourne?

Vibrant Melbourne and Conference Venue Images (more added April 4 2024)

Booking and Registration summary details - actual bookings is through Eventbrite - from End of May 2024


Details yet to be added include:

  • Details of the Conference Venue and Transport to Swinburne
  • Accommodation - left to Attendees but some choices to be offered

The graphic for the Conference is based on a real image of a radial cable supported and tensioned fabric sports arena. The image is taken directly under the centre of the recently modified Ken Rosewall Arena and the image is credited to Fabritecture.

These forms of roof utilize a minimal amount of material because the structural system places the material in direct tension - the most efficient structural action - compared to heavy beams under bending. All the cables are connected together and radiate to cover the entire roof. 

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