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.

"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 ...

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.

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?

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...

Great find Thin shells, very clean detailing.

#shigeruban #architecture

Thin shells is in Dijon, France.

Boathouse, by
Architecture: Shigeru Ban
Engineering: Buro Happold

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

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

 

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

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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.

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! 

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.
This new canopy adds to COX-led redevelopments made to the Memorial Drive tennis precinct in 2017.
The Anchor project added a new sunken outdoor show court, new match courts and a clay court centre of excellence.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said, ‘the newly developed precinct will allow fans to get up close to the action which will take the spectator experience to a whole new level.’
The Adelaide International is a week-long tournament held in January and will serve as a lead-in to the Australian Open.The canopy is currently under construction and will be completed in time for the 2020 tournament.