• IASS 2018 _ Creativity in Structural Design

    16 - 20 July 2018

    In July 2018, the annual Symposium of the IASS – International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures – will take place in Boston, an American hub of academics and innovation. Hosted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the symposium aims to bring together leading designers and researchers working in the fields of structural engineering and architecture from around the world.

    The symposium theme, Creativity in Structural Design, celebrates work in the built environment that pushes beyond the status quo and synthesizes across disciplines to solve important problems of today and the future. Empowered by recent advances in computation, materials, and fabrication, creative structural design is expanding possibilities for shell and spatial structures.

    IASS 2018 Boston will take place from July 16 to July 20 on the campus of MIT, with the iconic shell structure of Kresge Auditorium as the principal venue.



    12 - 14 September 2018

    The Seventh Latin American Symposium of Tensile Structures will be held from 12th until 14th September 2018.



  • TENSILE intense

    15 - 22 September 2018

    One week overview in membrane and lightweight structures.

    It is observed that there is a great demand for membrane and lightweight structures in its different forms since it can be used for covering huge open spaces with minimal intervention and minimal construction time. Especially in tropical and sun-drenched countries the market is growing rapidly. The technologies of textile building have been advanced and developed enough to be used as important building material in construction all over the world. But only a few experienced people and companies are able to finally implement these challenging projects.

    The Tensile intense program is created to provide a concentrated overview and universal understanding for the entire process of textile building, starting with the design, following the steps of analysis, detailing, dimensioning, calculating and ending with the erection of a membrane and lightweight structure.

    The certificate is an introductory part of the international certificate study program as well as the master program in Membrane Structures to which it can be extended at the Anhalt University.


  • 3rd Georgian International Conference on "Advanced Lightweight Structures and Reflector Antennas"

    19 - 21 September 2018


  • Essener Membranbau Symposium 2018

    28 September 2018

    This year, the Institute for Metal and Lightweight Structures of the University of Duisburg-Essen organizes the Essener Membranbau Symposium for the fourth time. The objective of the symposium is the exchange between experts in the fields of research, design and execution of membrane structures. The presentations consider up-to-date topics of particular interest:

    • Overview over the state of the art in the standardization work for membrane structures and tents and the use of stainless steel,
    • Determination of real stress and deformation of structural membranes in large-scale membrane component tests,
    • Overview over past and current tent structures,
    • Dimensioning of steel cables for membrane structures conforming to standards,
    • Impact of atmospheric exposure and loading on chemical structure and mechanical properties of ETFE foils,
    • New software solutions for formfinding and integration of CAD-data in the FE-model,
    • A novel architectural woven membrane with coloured patterns for the Al Bayt stadium in Qatar,
    • Development and use of large-scale umbrellas as roofing.

    Papers will be published in the proceedings.

    The conference language will be German.



  • International Conference on Advanced Building Skins

    1 - 2 October 2018

    International platform for architects, engineers, scientists and the building industry

    The aim of the Conference on Advanced Building Skins is to contribute to a multidisciplinary, integrated planning approach by architects, engineers, scientists and manufacturers to reduce the energy consumption of buildings. By fostering a lively exchange between these groups, this conference will shed light on the significance of the building skin, with a view to putting scientific know-how into practice.

    We are inviting you to present a paper on a topic falling within the scope of the conference, and to submit a proposal by 15 February, 2018. Below are the topics which will be covered in our Conference 2018.


  • Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference 2018 _ Turning Fibers into Value

    29 - 30 October 2018

    Aachen, Dresden and Denkendorf, together, are forming the 'textile triangle' of the future

    Boasting over 600 participants most recently, this conference counts as one of the most important textile conferences in Europe. Starting in 2016, the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research, Denkendorf (DITF) are now also a co-organizer. Thus, the Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference will take place on a yearly alternating basis at one of the three sites. Parallel to the International Textile Conference, the organizers respectively launch the German Textile Colloquium as a national equivalent with changing special themes in the spring.


  • TensiNet - TC 250/WG 5 meeting

    5 November 2018



    14 - 17 May 2019

    Techtextil provides an overview of the latest developments in the industry. An extensive supporting programme provides additional technical inspiration and opportunities for discussions.


  • TensiNet Symposium 2019 “Softening the Habitats: Sustainable Innovations in Minimal Mass Structures and Lightweight Architectures”

    3 - 5 June 2019

    The 6th International TensiNet Symposium “Softening the Habitats: Sustainable Innovations in Minimal Mass Structures and Lightweight Architectures” will take place from the 3th to the 5th of June 2019 at Politecnico di Milano, in Milan, Italy.

    The 2019 TensiNet Symposium (TS19) is organized and hosted by the TensiNet Association and in particular by Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) and Textile Hub, which is an interdepartmental research laboratory on textiles and polymers at PoliMi.

    The 2019 TensiNet edition will open a twofold reflection - by means of both the conference (TS19Conf) and exhibition (TS19Exhib)- on current innovations, trends and strategies in the field of lightweight membrane structures and mainly on the future of those technologies, which the TensiNet Association is interested in: tensile and pneumatic structures, textile architecture, membranes and foils, ultra-lightweight constructions and structural skins.

    The main topic are Soft Structures, Softening the Environment & Soft Skins.