• TensiNet Symposium 2023 at Nantes Université

    7 - 9 June 2023

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    The TensiNet Symposium 2023 "Membrane architecture: the seventh established building material. Designing reliable and sustainable structures for the urban environment" will be held at Nantes Université (France) from 7th till 9th June 2023.

    TENSINANTES2023 focuses on the significance and potential of fabrics and foils as established building materials and promotes the use of tensile structures in a world of constant change and adaptation. The optimal use of materials, the realisation of a Eurocode, sustainability and reuse are some of the topics that will be covered, ranging from research over practical experiences to realisations. The diversity and complementarity within the TensiNet community: suppliers, manufacturers, installers, engineers, architects, researchers & academics, inspired and fed the idea of putting together duos of speakers who will give keynote lectures around the 3 main themes:

    Structural membrane: contemporary, innovative, adaptive daring and impactful solutions In Jules Verne's hometown, with its focus on innovation and futuristic issues, membrane architecture can provide answers to current problems, especially for ever denser cities and for a world that is always on the move.

    Tensioned membrane structures: the seventh building material Recent advances in the design of membrane structures, development of a Eurocode dedicated to structural membranes: the word membrane must now be part of the daily vocabulary of architects, designers and decision-makers, and the specificities of membrane design must be part of the knowledge of all structural engineers.

    Structural membrane: an answer to issues of the 21st century Lightweight design, well-being, environmental impact, energy and acoustic performance, life cycle of materials and structures, end of life of membrane structures: these keywords are part of the current and future construction challenges and are an important message for the younger generations.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKERS confirmed. The lectures will be listed in detail soon (title of paper and author(s)).
    Bruce Danziger - Danziger Engineering Collaborative, Inc. (Los Angeles, US)
    Carol Monticelli - Polytechnic of Milan (Milan, Italy)
    Karsten Moritz – IMS Bauhaus® Archineer® Institutes e.V. (Dessau, Germany)
    Louis Ratajczak - DVVD (Paris, France)
    Ramon Sastre - Universitat Politècnica Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain)
    Jean-Christophe Thomas - Nantes Université (Nantes, France)
    Rosemarie Wagner - Building technology Faculty of Architecture KIT – (Karlsruhe, Germany)

    Grégoire Zündel - Atelier Zündel Cristea (Paris, France)




    08.30-09.15 Registration

    09.15-09.30 Welcome & Introduction

      08.30-10.00 General Assembly TensiNet association


    Keynote lecture Bouncing Bridge: ephemeral, autonomous and self-supporting pneumatic temporary structure Grégoire Zündel and Ramon Sastre


    Keynote lecture The Pathways to Zero Carbon for Tensioned Membrane Architecture: ongoing actions and next steps Bruce Danziger and Carol Monticelli


    Keynote lecture Milestones of ETFE construction methods and starting points for further developments

    Karsten Moritz and Jean-Christophe Thomas

    10.30-10.50 Coffee break 10.00-10.20 Coffee break 11.00-11.20 Coffee break
    10.50-12.55 Lectures 10.20-12.25 Lectures 11.20-13.00 Lectures
    13.00-14.00 Lunch break 12.30-13.30 Lunch break 13.00-14.00 Lunch break
    14.00-16.05 Lectures 13.30-15.35 Lectures 14.00-15.40 Lectures
    16.05-16.25 Coffee break 15.40-16.00 Coffee break 15.40-16.00 Outlooks & Thanks

    16.25-17.05 Lectures


    Keynote lecture Textile Architecture with or versus today challenges in built environment Rosemarie Wagner

    16.00-17.30 Working Group Sustainability & Comfort Meeting with invited guest Bruce Danziger


    Keynote lecture Architecture in motion  Louis Ratajczak

    17.00-19.00 Walk the green line. Guided walkto the venue of the Gallerie des Machines

    19.00-23.00 Conference dinner at Gallerie des Machines

    18.05-20.00 Cocktail drink


  • ITMA 2023

    8 - 14 June 2023

    Transforming the World of Textiles

    Owned by CEMATEX, ITMA is the place where the industry converges every four years to showcase the latest textile and garment processing technologies, machinery and materials, promote collaborations and forge partnerships.


  • General Assembly TensiNet association

    9 June 2023

    The General Assembly will be held during TENSINANTES2023


  • TensiNet Working Group Sustainability & Comfort

    9 June 2023


  • IASS 2023

    10 - 14 July 2023

    The theme of the IASS 2023 symposium is Integration of Design and Fabrication, which is becoming increasingly important with the developments of digital technologies in both design and manufacturing. The symposium covers all aspects related to material, design, computation, construction, maintenance, history, environmental impact and sustainability of shell and spatial structures in all fields of application.



    2 - 4 October 2023

    The XI edition of the conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures (STRUCTURAL MEMBRANES 2023) will be organised on 02-04 October 2023 in Valencia. The previous conferences of these series were held in Barcelona (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, in conjunction with the conference commemorating the 60th anniversary of the International Association for Shell and Space Structures (IASS)), Stuttgart (2005, 2009) and Munich (2013, 2017). The last edition of the Structural Membranes conference as virtual event on September 13-14, 2021.

    The objectives of Structural Membranes 2023 are to collect and disseminate state-of-the-art research and technology for design, analysis, construction and maintenance of textile and inflatable structures. The conference will address both the theoretical bases for structural analysis and the numerical algorithms necessary for efficient and robust computer implementation. A significant part of the conference will be devoted to discuss advances in new textile composites for applications in membrane and inflatable structures in the building and construction sectors, as well as in innovative design, construction and maintenance procedures.

    Structural Membranes 2023 aims to be a forum for discussing recent progress and identifying future research directions in the field of textile composites and inflatable structures.


  • Advanced Building Skins 2023 conference and expo

    30 - 31 October 2023

    International event on innovative building envelopes for architects, engineers, scientists and the construction industry.