ReView ReImagine ReCreate


Our history is littered with examples of humanity ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’ – building from the past to reach greater heights in the future. And where we have informed today with yesterday, be it in architecture, engineering, science, literature or beyond – we have built a brighter tomorrow.

There is an innate paradox in basing concepts of the future on a study of the past. We often expect history to be a record in stone – kept away in dusty tomes. But far from inanimate facts, these present the answers to the secrets of prophecy – today’s legacy is found in yesterday’s record. An inherent characteristic of design is its innate concern with the future.  A designer working on projects today creates the tangible daily reality of tomorrow.

Over two days in September 2020 in Melbourne, we will explore this with respect to architecture and engineering in lightweight structures. The conference will re-view in depth at how we can harness the vast volume of past and present works in lightweight structure and how they can be re-imagined and re-created for the future.


The Lightweight Structures Association is a Not for Profit, autonomous, inter-disciplinary group of interested parties involved in the field of lightweight structures.

Operating primarily in Australia and New Zealand our basic aim is to promote the proper application of lightweight structures, their design, fabrication, construction and materials and to encourage the development of these and other aspects essential to lightweight structures.

We aim to hold our Conference and Design Awards every two years in a new venue.

At the very successful 2019 IASS Conference on Form and Force held at Barcelona in October 2019, several structural forms were Re-Viewed, Re-Imagined and Re-Created by some talented students.

The IASS has been in existence for 60 years starting off being concerned with shell and spatial structures. Initially the emphasis was on concrete shells and spaceframes but over time has embraced the same range of structures that our own LSAA encourages. So membranes, cablenets, gridshells, inflatables are now included made possible by advances in new materials and design tools and computer software.

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Bookings for the LSAA 2020 Conference will be made through Eventbrite.

Paid bookings would be refunded as follows:

  • Cancellation before 1 month or the event date                             Full refund
  • Cancellation after 1 month and up to 2 weeks prior to the event    50% refund
  • Cancellation within 2 weeks of the event                                     No refund.