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LSAA2016 Program

Conference Program and details of Keynote & Public Lecture Presentations

These details can be downloaded HERE (PDF, 3Mb)


Day 1 Thursday September 1st 2016

Keynote address Nicholas Goldsmith "Shape Making or Formfinding"

Session: Reflections on the Contribution of Frei Otto

Session: Project Focus

Public Lecture Nicholas Goldsmith "From Mass to Membrane" 

Conference and Design Awards Presentation Dinner

Day 2 Friday September 2nd 2016

Keynote Address Ron Van Sluijs "Stadia Roof Topology through Design Methodology"

Session: Experimentation and Digital Systems

Afternoon: Design Workshop


Keynote Address – Nicholas Goldsmith

Shape Makinor Form Finding?

Often design professionals conflate the process of shapemaking with the more deliberate form finding approach. This lecture will discuss the differences in the design process between these two approaches. It will examine historical traditions of both approaches and look at Frei Otto and his physical modeling approach as an example of the Form Finding process, how it examines material intelligence to set in motion an iterative approach where the end result is discovered and noknown beforehand. Examples of the work of FTL will be used as descriptive case studies to illustrate the different aspects of membrane envelopes including ETFE foil cushions, tensile membranes, and cable nets.

Public Lecture  Nicholas Goldsmith

From Mass to Membrane


This follows afternoon tea on Day 1. Members of the public should join the Conference at the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture (MADA) Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Building G Theatre 1.04 at approximately 16.10 for a start at 16.15. Questions follow at 17.30

See Location notes HERE

If we look at a historical evolution of architecture from the massive pyramids of Egypt, to the framed structures of Greek/Roman construction, to the lighter Gothic vaulting, to eventually Modern architecture of the 20tcentury, we see a continuous almost linear progression from solid mass constructions to framed buildings of glass and steel. Today we are in the early steps of moving from glass and steel structures to diaphanous skins of membrane and foil structures. These new materials incorporate inherent technologies and the aim is to understanhow these technologies will affect our spatial experiences and in the process explore lightness as a visual, physical and sustainable approach. Mass to Membrane is our human architectural journey; can we use less material, be more sustainable, and help reduce our carbon footprint on the planet we call earth? Can this linear progression become one of the keys in a more sustainable tomorrow?

Keynote Address – Ron van Sluijs

Stadia roof typology through design methodology

The large urban scale ostadia mean the structure often simultaneously dictate the form and the architecture of the venue though for the large spastadia structures only a limited number of typologies can be identified. Its a challenge to methodically select the best fitting structure while maintaining a fresh and different aesthetic language. By illustratioof various case studies this talk shall elaborate on a numbeof structural stadia roof typologies, both lightweight and heavy, and how these were developed architecturally and structurally.