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)

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

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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/...

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

 

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

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

HOTA Andrew Lane01

Above image by Andrew Lane - see here

For more photos refer to:
http://fabritecture.com/project/gccp/

Also to an article HERE

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

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"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 ...

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.

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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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! 

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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