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The conference encourages the submission of Special Sessions proposals. Each proposal should have a focused topic related to “Structures and Architecture”. 

The special session proposal should include the following: 

a) Title; 

b) Organizer(s); 

c) Description of the targeted research area and how it fits the conference theme; 

d) A list of 5-6 potential authors that might submit papers to the special session (authors who made significant contributions to the state of the art or state of practice of the topic of the session).

The special session organizers will coordinate the reviews of the papers submitted to their sessions. 

We expect the papers to go through the similar quality review process as the regular conference papers. 

Early special session proposal submissions are encouraged.

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Note: Coordinating a Special Session does not imply to be exempted from paying the corresponding fees for the conference registration.

Wood: Structure and Expression

Jan Helge Siem

Depart. Arch. & Tech., Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Trondheim, Norway 

Urs Meister

Institute of Architecture & Planning, University of Liechtenstein

Vaduz, Liechtenstein

In the current wood architecture, the appearance of wood as a structural element is usually limited to log constructions, where the load-bearing wall is visually present. In most wood constructions, the material is used for the skeleton structure but covered with other materials and not expressed anymore. The goal of this special session is to broaden the perspectives and avoid a limited use of the material. In combining traditional craftsmanship and industrial production, the different speakers are aiming to research on new solutions, which develop new ways for the use of wood in different historical and technical cultures.

Crafting spatiality: Explorations with components and connections
for spatial architectural structures

Mario Rinke

ETH Zürich

rich, Switzerland 

Olga Popovic Larsen

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Copenhagen, Denmark

Currently digital design tools offer interesting ways of exploring novel structural expressions. Defining and understanding complex geometries through digital tools offers new opportunities for creating novel solutions. Furthermore, advanced fabrication technologies enable complex processing of building components. However, a deep spatial thinking is needed to use the potentials of the many new possibilities of technology in design and fabrication.

This session looks into explorative spatial configurations of components and connections in structures of different scales using precision and the control of complexity to unlock new structural and architectural capacities. Aspects such as:

Which structural and formal qualities of complex spatial arrangements can be unlocked?

How can novel spatial arrangements in connections help to improve their performance and functionality?

Complexity v.s. simplicity: how do we achieve the optimal balance between material/structural efficiency, through fabrication and buildability, leading to novel spatial solutions?  

Shell structures under vibrations

Sigrid Adriaenssens

Princeton University

Princeton, U.S.A 

Stefano Gabriele

University Roma Tre

Rome, Italy

Thin shells are structures generally designed under gravity loadings. Despite this fact they exhibit an impressive behaviour under dynamic loadings (e.g. earthquakes). The aim of this session is to put together researchers that study and could give a contribution in, better understanding the inherent dynamic behaviour of this structures, with the purpose of improving their design in seismic zones together with the already used form finding techniques. In this view, research works where the experimental dynamic behaviour of actual shells is, among others, of great relevance for the preservation of the ancient and modern Architectural heritage.

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