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We are pleased to announce the very first collaborative workshop venture between the Specialised Textiles Association (STA) and the Lightweight Structures Association Australasia (LSAA) taking place in 2020!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL A TIME IN 2021
 
On Wednesday 16th September, LSAA and STA will hold a joint workshop to focus on small to medium sized lightweight fabric structures.  This will be held at Swinburne University, Hawthorn in Melbourne. The main objective of the workshop is to provide opportunities for further education on the design, technical development and installation of tension structures.
 
Following on from the joint venture workshop, LSAA will hold a two-day conference on Thursday, the 17th and Friday, the 18th of September with the theme of “Re-NEW, Re-IMAGINE, Re-CREATE”. This conference will focus on medium to large lightweight structures. The conference will also be held in conjunction with Swinburne University as partners for this event. 
 
We look forward to this joint venture coming to fruition.
 
More details about the workshop and conference will be provided shortly. 

About the STA

Specialised Textiles Association is a not for profit Association that has been representing the industrial fabrics/specialty fabric/ textile industry since the 1940’s. The Specialised Textiles Association provides industry support, market trends, training, accreditation and licensing, and lobbying of State and Federal Governments. 

Our industry includes manufacturers, importers, suppliers of fabrics and equipment, manufacturers of finished product and services that support this industry. Find out more.

About the LSAA

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.
Find out more.


The LSAA has often conducted a technical workshop on the day before the main Conference.

The technical workshop normally includes some structured presentations as well as team building of models to satisfy a client brief (see images below).

Past workshops have dealt with the design through erection of tension membrane structures. Another workshop concentrated on the design, fabrication and erection of knitted shadecloth structures.

For the 2020 Conference, a pre-conference collaborative workshop dealing with small to medium-sized fabric structures is being planned with the Specialised Textiles Association (STA)