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Other Events

Events that are being organized by other organizations - that might be of some interest to those with a passion for lightweight structures.

TEXTILE ROOFS - the 26th
April 2024, 28th - 30th
Berlin, Germany

The 26th edition of Textile Roofs will take place at the end of April next year. With consideration for guests arriving from abroad and all those who will also be visiting Techtextil in Frankfurt in April, we are starting on Sunday, April 28th. TR24 will therefore take place immediately after TechTextil, thereby avoiding Labor Day on May 1st as an event day.

Preparations are in full swing. We are currently clarifying the exact venue and putting together the program. This will be completed at the beginning of the new year and will then be sent to you for information. (Note: many more details of the venue and near-final list of speakers have been completed - see the above link).

This year we once again have a top-class list of speakers on offer. Contributions currently come from Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, France, Turkey and the United States, Spain and Austria.

It has also been possible to register to take part since mid-November. We are offering participation at a significantly reduced price until March 30th, 2024.

Note (March 1 2024). The final program should now be available on the above website. Venue is "on the water".

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Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand

The annual OFPANZ conference is the only trade show for NZ Industrial Textiles and Equipment Suppliers to be in one place at one time. It is a great platform to establish new business relationships and share information Every year the conference is in a new location, giving our members a chance for our members to see the country, our people and national business opportunities.

In 2022 we were able to come together in Nelson. We were able to celebrate the wins for the year and talk about the future of our industry. The speakers we had were phenomenal and created a buzz for the delegates.

Our 2023 Conference and Trade Show will be held in Tauranga 24th August – 26th August at the Trinity Wharf Hotel.

We are looking forward to bringing together a programme that will excite you and continue with our successful Fabricators Workshop on Thursday 24th August.

For further information see: OFPANZ Conference Details

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Trade exhibition and conference for the specialised textiles industry
Start Date 01 June 2024
End Date 03 June 2024
Start Time 9.00am
End Time 12.00am
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
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Ana Drougas
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Mexico has already held two previous editions of this symposium – the first time in 1967 in Mexico City and the second time in 2008 in Acapulco, Guerrero. The third edition would be at the Palacio de Minería, located in the historic center of Mexico City.

Mexico City is Mexico’s capital and largest city; It is in the Valley of Mexico at an altitude of 2,240 meters. The 2020 population for the city proper was 9,209,944. However, the population of Greater Mexico City is 21,804,515, which makes it the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the world. Besides, it is the political, economic, and cultural core of the Mexican Republic. The city has about 170 museums, 100 galleries, and 30 concert halls. In the Historical Center, the Museum of Templo Mayor is found with archeological remains of the Aztecs built-in 1325 and the Metropolitan Cathedral built-in 1573.

The Palacio de Minería was built from 1797 to 1813; it is the work of the Spanish architect Manuel Tolsá, and it is considered in its genre one of the most beautiful and important buildings in America. It is currently the headquarters of the Center for Continuing Education of the Faculty of Engineering - UNAM and other societies and associations of engineers.

Faculty of Architecture

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – UNAM

Palacio de Minería, Mexico City

27 – 31 October 2025

Juan Ignacio del Cueto Ruíz-Fúnez

Professor, Director of the Faculty of Architecture, UNAM

Juan Gerardo Oliva Salinas
Professor and Director of the Lightweight Structures Laboratory – LSL at the Faculty of Architecture, UNAM

See Conference Event Page

Mexico 2025

The International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) has focused on advancing design, engineering, materials and methods since its foundation in 1959. It attracts architects, engineers, and practitioners who play crucial roles in the integration of structural engineering and architecture. The Swiss engineer Heinz Isler was an IASS founding member, and Switzerland has a renowned history in this domain and in the association.

The 2024 IASS Symposium will be held at ETH Zurich, situated in the heart of Europe. Established in 1855, ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities in science and technology and is known for its cutting-edge research and innovation.
ETH Zurich’s world-renowned Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and Department of Architecture both have a long history of structural design excellence. As the Alma Mater for engineers such as Carl Culmann, Othmar Ammann, Robert Maillart, Heinz Isler, Christian Menn, Santiago Calatrava and Joseph Schwartz, ETH Zurich maintains both a historic and a contemporary leading position in structural design research. This position is currently exemplified by an estimable strategic commitment to collaborative research on digital fabrication and industrialised construction with impressive research facilities and its engagement with the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication.

The main thematic focus of the conference will be the historic and ongoing intersection of technology with informed expression in structural design. The theme of the conference will be Redefining the Art of Structural Design, and will acknowledge the exemplary history of the IASS and new groundbreaking innovations in our field. The symposium aims to further develop the classic characteristics of structural design - Efficiency, Economy and Elegance - and extend them with Environment and Ethics to robustly address the current challenges faced by our discipline and planet.


ETH Hönggerberg, Zurich

 26 – 30 August 2024


Prof. Dr. Philippe Block
Prof. Dr. Catherine De Wolf
Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Pauli


NCCR Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich




OFPANZ 2022 Conference Attendees
OFPANZ 2022 Conference Attendees

The annual OFPANZ Conference was held in Nelson New Zealand 29 June-2 July 2022.

As an association we are working on a few key initiatives - Training, Memberships, Sustainability and Name Change.

  1. Training - We are very excited to announce that our industry qualification has been approved for an early review which means that we will be adding a level 4 qualification hopefully by the end of 2023. We are continuing to work with our new Private Training Enterprise, MAST Academy, to promote the current qualification and get learners engaged.
Spec Tex 2022 - Sydney


The LSAA is acting as an Industry Partner to the STA (Specialized Textiles Association) in their event.

SpecTex22 - Conference and Trade Exhibition Program

The SpecTex22 program includes a conference and trade exhibition component with many opportunities to learn, catch up with industry colleagues and source new ideas, textiles and equipment.

The trade expo component of SpecTex22 will be open to visitors on:

Sunday 31st July and Monday 1st August between 10am and 4pm.

A variety of business sessions will be running between Sunday 31st July and Monday 1st August which will cover topics such as: 

Designing and installing successful tension structures (LSAA Contribution)

 PVC and shade structure project case studies (LSAA Contribution)

WincovER and NCC & Fire Retardancy

The Marine Fabricators workshop will also be taking place during SpecTex22 on Monday 1st August and then relocating on Tuesday 2nd August to NSW TAFE, Ultimo Campus.

SpecTex22 will also include many opportunities for networking via the Welcome reception, Theme Dinner and Awards for Excellence Ceremonial Dinner.

Download the full program here 


Innovation, Sustainability and Legacy

19 - 23 September 2022,Beijing, China

Note: See further down for revised deadline dates for submission of papers (Dates altered on Jan 29 2022).

The Format and Fees for the Conference have now been established and details are in the 4th Announcement which can be downloaded HERE

A major change is that the Conference will be held in a hybrid online and in-person format. The venue for the in-person format is at the Beijing Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China.

There are different fees for the two conference modes.

For further details, see the Conference website

This event is organized by the LSAA Design Awards 2022 Presenting Partner,

Swinburne University of Technology

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Wed., 11 May 2022  from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm AEST  


Swinburne Protolab, TB 102, TB Building
Corner of John Street and Wakefield Street, Hawthorn VIC 3122

About this event

In today’s post-digital architectural era, a strong dichotomy exists between the increased agency offered by our design tools and the affordances given by many construction contexts – especially building environments of developing countries or those with limited available onsite means, skill, budget, or time. This lecture postulates that by incorporating computational power and incertitude as productive components in alternative design and materialisation processes, the locally available solution space for built architecture can be dramatically expanded and onsite ability and agency increased. 

What gains do our extensive computational abilities bring to architectural design and construction in these contexts? How can the mechanisms driving this extensiveness be creatively and practically employed here? What happens when we radically disrupt the security of architecture’s standard reproductive infrastructure?

Illustrated through his highly unusual and provocative built work, Kristof Crolla proposes and applies an alternative computation-driven design and materialisation methodology that capitalises on digital design and production models’ propensity towards variability. The work demonstrates that identified methods can substantially increase the architects’ agency and local onsite affordance. In doing so, the talk challenges the extent to which computation can further impact architectural practice.

A PDF Flyer is available HERE