The International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) and the Royal Netherlands
Society for Engineers (KIVI) are co-organising the yearly IASS symposium. The symposium will
from 17 to 20 August 2015 in Amsterdam the Netherlands.
Next to the many historic buildings in Amsterdam that can be visited, in 2015 the city of Amsterdam have recently completed a number of new buildings and projects, such as the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, The Hermitage, Maritime museum and Eye Museum. Other recently realised projects in the Netherlands are the railway station in Arnhem and in Rotterdam.
We need Future visions! Humanity and our planet are in distress. We are facing a multitude of crises: financial, ecological, economical, waste, pollution, food, water, and depletion of resources. Many of these crises relate in some way to the built environment, the space people live in, as well as the industry that designs, builds, maintains and operates this space. In most countries the construction industry and related industries have a major involvement and significant impact on these factors. Therefore, we feel that it is our social and moral responsibility to address the future of space:
On the other hand, the industries involved in the designing, building and operating the built
hold the key in their hand for progress, development, an increase in quality of life.
It is clear that we need to act and innovate.
The challenge that the conference organisers set for the presenters and attendees is to discuss how we can use the combination of our knowledge, novel ideas and technology to address the challenges and opportunities described above.
The conference will be open to any area in the built environment, on any scale and throughout the entire life cycle.
Special attention will be given to the design of and the technology related to the design, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of Shell and Spatial Structuces, and other novel concepts, as a solution to address the challenges and opportunities mentioned above.
Proposals for radical new ideas are encouraged, but admittance to presentation will be judged (by the scientific committee) on the quality of the idea and the viability of the technological solution.
The symposium will host special sessions that will present the latest visions and technology in
the field of
Digital Technology and BIM.
It is undeniable that digital technology has a large impact on our society and built environment. Who could have guessed the rise of the internet, the cloud and a mobile in every pocket? But where do we go from here? What will the future look like now we have all this technology? How can we apply the technology in a meaningful way to enhance our lives, the way we live, our built environment and our society? Do we need more technology? And if so, what do we need?
The IASS2015 Future Visions will explore the latest thinking and developments on these questions and you can join us!
Surrounding the main conference programme special events and activities will be organised that are related to the field of digital innovation and BIM, such as workshops to handson learn and experiment with the latest technology and the trade fair to get in touch with the people behind these products and innovations.
The symposium will take place on the waterfront of the IJ river, which runs through Amsterdam, at “Het Muziekgebouw” located within walking distance of major hotels and the historical-city of Amsterdam. The historical city of Amsterdam was founded around the year 1000 and is approved on the Unesco list of world heritage because of the famous canals, city planning and historical buildings. There are many hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and museums.
On the last two days of the 2015 IASS symposium the 5-yearly SAIL Amsterdam event will start.
Amsterdam is the biggest event in the Netherlands, from our conference location we will have an
excellent view on the waterfront and the “Sail-in” with about 30 sailing tall ships and hundreds
smaller vessels. It is possible to visit the tall ships. More information on SAIL can be found
Probably the historic city of Amsterdam, the museums, Sail Amsterdam and other interesting things to be seen in the rest of the Netherlands might be an excellent reason to stay some more days after the symposium.
The 2015 IASS Symposium organizers invite universities and/or companies to participate in a contest and exhibition of structurally innovative pavilions. The pavilions have to give a future vision on structural design and innovation and have to be the outcome of (excellent) structural research. It is our ambition to have an exhibition that shows new insights on structural typologies in the design of a pavilion.