Lightweight structural systems have been the focus of the IASS (International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures) since its foundation in 1959.
Tension and membrane structures, shells and spatial structures show, better than any other structural type, that shape and stress, form and force, are deeply interrelated. This relationship reaches well beyond purely static aspects and has an impact on performance, design, environment, and aesthetics of structures in multiple fields of application.
Following the customary celebration of the IASS Symposium every ten years in Spain and the Structural Membranes Conference every four years in Barcelona, the organizers have found an outstanding opportunity to merge both communities into a joint international conference that aims to provide a forum for state-of-the-art contributions and fruitful discussion in the broad fields of shell, spatial, tension and inflatable structures.
The conference will cover all aspects related to material, design, computation, construction, maintenance, history, environmental impact and sustainability of shell, spatial, tension and inflatable structures in all fields of application.