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Second Announcement and Call for Papers International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium IASS-SLTE 2008 Acapulco-Mexico, October 27-31

Shell and Spatial Structures: New Materials and Technologies, New Designs and Innovations - A Sustainable Approach to Architectural and Structural Design ORGANIZED BY: - International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, IASS - Faculty of Architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM - Faculty of Engineering, UNAM - Institute of Engineering, UNAM - Mexican Society of Structural Engineering, SMIE - Technological Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey, Campus of Mexico City, ITESM Theory & History: Historical Development of Shell and Spatial Structures, Contemporary Structures, Toward the Future of the Structural Design, Historical Structures, Maintenance and Rehabilitation. Conceptual Design: Intentions, Architectural Expression, Ethics in Structural Design, Structural Design Tendencies. New Design Processes: Geometry, New Forms, Form-finding Procedures, Free Form, Structural Morphology, Analysis and Computation, Computer Aided Design. New Materials: Smart Materials, Composite Materials, New Structural Materials: Glass, Plastics, Fibers, Aluminum. Environment-friendly Materials New Technologies: Building Systems, Construction, Innovative Procedures, Creative Applications, Movable Structures, Deployable Structures, Folding Structures, Prefabricated Covers. Engineering: Mechanics, Structural Analysis, Earthquakes, Wind, Computation, Concrete Structures, Steel Structures, Timber Structures, Masonry Structures, Shells, Grid-Shells, Membrane Structures, Bridges, Form and Structural Behavior. Sustainability: Environmental Aspects, Research and Technological Development, Promotion of the Energetic Efficiency. Newly Built Structures: Membrane Structures, Shells, Grid-Shells, Spatial Structures, TensileStructures, Tense-Gritty Systems, Knots-Rods

- Metropolitan Autonomous University, Campus of Azcapotzalco, UAM.

OBJECTIVES The symposium offers a unique opportunity to debate some updated topics in the field of shell and spatial structures, in order to enhance their availability towards high performances and a sustainable architectural and structural design. To that end, it is important to present and discuss recently done works that show us new materials and technologies and subsequently new designs and innovations. Our challenge is the correct application of the natural resources looking for equilibrium among the economic, social, cultural and environmental development, always bearing in mind that the people, their necessities and their welfare are our main concern. THEMES Architecture: The Teaching of Structures, Interaction between Architects and Engineers, Urban Planning.


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Structures, Hybrid Systems, Bridge Engineering, Foldable Structures, Retractable Structures, Pneumatic Structures. Technological Innovations. PARTICIPATION The symposium directs itself to practitioners, theoreticians, students, professors and designers, always having in mind that it is with an architecture-engineering approach. CALL FOR PAPERS Authors are invited to submit their latest scientific and technical contributions related to the themes of the symposium in abstracts of about 350 words, not later than the deadline specified. The full address, fax number and e-mail address of the principal author(s) should be given. Only papers registered and approved by the Scientific Committee will be included in the Symposium Proceedings. LANGUAGE English will be the official language. Simultaneous translation English-Spanish will be provided only in the opening and closing ceremonies and in the plenary sessions. FIELD TRIP Wednesday, October 29th: A one-day-trip to Xochicalco, museum and archeological site of the old Mexican culture and to visit the Candelas Shell of Palmira Chapel nearby Cuernavaca. SOCIAL PROGRAM Monday, October 27th: Welcome Cocktail Reception. Wednesday, October 29th: Field Trip. Friday, October 31st: Farewell Banquet. ACCOMPANYING PERSONS PROGRAM It includes the opening and closing ceremonies, the events of the social program, and the following activities: Monday, October 27th: Acapulco City Tour.

Tuesday, October 28th: A 4-hour Acapulco Bay Cruise. Thursday, October 30th: Visit to Fuerte de San Diego Museum. REGISTRATION FEES The registration fees include conference proceedings, attendance to all scientific sessions, Field Trip, coffee breaks, reception, lunch meals and Farewell Banquet. Registration Fees IASS members Non members Accompanying persons Students* After 1st August 2008 710 USD 780 USD 425 USD 250 USD

* The student registration fees do not include the Farewell Banquet and the Field Trip. Tickets for the are well Banquet can be separately purchased.

E-MAIL FOR CORRESPONDENCE Conference Secretariat: Prof. Mauricio TrpagaDelfin. E-mail address: Website: NOTICE: The 6th International Seminar on Structural Morphology: MORPHOGENESIS, will be held on October 23-24 in Acapulco prior to the IASS 2008 Symposium. The registration fees of the Seminar on Structural Morphology are: Registration Fees Seminar IASS members Non members After 1st August 2008 170 USD 190 USD