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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 provisional deadlines (all in 2018) are as follows:

  • Abstract submission      January 15
  • Abstract acceptance      February 26
  • Full paper submission    April 2
  • Full paper acceptance    April 21

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.


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 Eero Saarinen and completed in 1954. Beyond this primary space, the symposium will include events hosted at other key locations on the MIT campus, including the Media Lab.
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