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Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 20, 2018
IASS 2018: Creativity in Structural Design

Annual Symposium 2018.  This event will take place in the Boston area, an American hub of academics and innovation.  Hosted at MIT in Cambridge, the symposium aims to bring together leading designers and researchers from around the world. The symposium theme, Creativity in Structural Design, celebrates work in the built environment that pushes beyond the the status quo and synthesizes across disciplines to solve important problems of today and the future.  Empowered by recent advances in computation, materials and fabrication, creative structural design is expanding possibilities for shell and spatial structures.  The symposium proper will run Monday through Thursday, July 16-19, and three distinct technical tours are scheduled for Friday, July 20.  The technical tours will feature Boston-area landmarks, including works by Pier Luigi Nervi, Buckminster Fuller, and the Guastavino Company.

The deadline dates are as follows:

  • Proposals for Organized Sessions, Workshops and Master Classes     closed November 15, 2017
  • Notification to Organizers of Sessions, Workshops, Master Classes    closed December 15 and 31, 2017   
  • Abstract submission (except Hangai Prize entries) extended           closed January 31
  • Hangai Prize entry submissions as full papers                               closed January 31
  • Abstract acceptance extended                                                      March 6
  • End of early-bird registration                                                         April 2
  • Full paper submission (registration required)                                  April 2
  • Full paper acceptance (including Hangai entries)                             April 21

As of December 14, the templates and instructions for both one-page abstracts and full papers have been posted on the symposium website.  Full papers may be of two types -- short papers (2-4 pages) or long papers (up to 8 pages).

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge (Boston), USA.
The main symposium venue will be MIT's iconic Kresge Auditorium, an important thin-shell structure designed by architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineers Amman and Whitney and completed in 1954. Beyond this primary space, the symposium will include events hosted at other key locations on the MIT campus.
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