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.

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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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.

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

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/...

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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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?

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. 

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! 

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?

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

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

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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...