The Symposium, encompassing the annual IASS Symposium and the 6th Latin-American Symposium on Tension Structures, will take place from 15 to 19 September, 2014, in Brasilia, during an exciting period in Brazil, soon after the 2014 World Cup, and prior to the 2016 Olympic Games.
Organized by the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, the Symposium will be an outstanding opportunity to display many novel and daring structures, built for these events and for the urban revitalizations aimed to improve the quality of life of Brazilian citizens and welcome visitors from all over the world. It will be also an opportunity to celebrate the masterpieces of Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa, designers of Brazil’s Capital, the only modern city included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The official language of the IASS Symposium is English. Authors presenting their papers must endeavor to use clear and correct English, and be prepared to respond to questions in English during the discussion period. Papers in Spanish and Portuguese will also be accepted, and presented in special “Latin-American Sessions”. Simultaneous translation will be provided for Plenary Sessions.
THEME AND TOPICS
Shells, membranes and spatial structures, by their intrinsic properties of lightness and low material consumption, their capacity of spanning large distances and rising high above the ground, may contribute to reduce our ecological footprint and improve our urban environments, providing functional spaces where multitudes gather to enjoy the experiences that only large cities can offer in full. The theme “Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints” merges the scopes of the two joint symposia, welcoming reports on conceptual design, structural design and analysis, structural morphology, shape finding and optimization, computational design tools, innovative, recyclable and engineered materials, structural detailing, construction technologies, and the urban, environmental and historical aspects of either traditional or innovative structural systems. Under the umbrella of the proposed theme, the Symposium will welcome reports on conceptual design, structural design and analysis, structural morphology, shape finding and optimization, computational design tools, innovative, recyclable and engineered materials, structural detailing, construction technologies, and the urban, environmental and historical aspects of either traditional or innovative structural systems.
ABOUT IASS AND TENSORED
The International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS, www.iass-structures.org) was founded in 1959 and has its Headquarter and Secretariat in Madrid, Spain. Its main goal is the achievement of progress in the design, analysis and construction of lightweight structural systems, such as lattice, tension, membrane, and shell structures, through an interchange of ideas among all those interested and involved in this aspect of structural engineering, whether as designers, architects, engineers, constructors, clients, operators or researchers. To achieve its goals, the Association publishes a quarterly International Journal, sponsors the technical activities and colloquia of several Working Groups and publishes state-of-the-art reports and recommendations on design and construction. It organizes annual International Symposia on themes of general interest to engineers, architects and builders and co-sponsors other conferences – often with partner organizations or associations.
The 1st Latin American Symposium on Tensile Structures (1st SLTE) took place in São Paulo, in 2002, providing a remarkable push to the development of tension structures in Latin America and opening the way for a successful series: the 2nd SLTE was held in Caracas, in 2005, under the auspices of IASS, and led to the creation of the Latin American Network on Tensile Structures (TensoRed, www.latensored.org), with the goal of sharing knowledge and promoting this technology in Latin America. The 3rd Symposium was held in Acapulco, jointly with the Annual Symposium of the IASS (IASS-SLTE 2008). It was the first time that these events welcomed papers both in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The 4th Symposium took place in 2011 in Montevideo, and the 5th one took place in Santiago of Chile. Considering that the first two Symposia were held in populous countries, whilst the last two ones were hosted by smaller countries, a consistent growth in local and foreign participation can be inferred. Based on data from the previous Symposia, and the synergy of the joint events, we expect about 500 participants on (300 from Brazil, 100 from Latin America, 100 Worldwide).