Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2018

26-27 June 2018
Doltone House – Darling Island Wharf
Sydney NSW



The rising desire for more sustainable and environmentally friendly urban development is a prevalent topic within the construction sector. High-rise and skyscraper buildings are not exempt from this trend. With the continuing development of sustainable technology and improved material manufacturing processes, the industry is seeing an unexpected leader in building material choice, timber.

Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) / Glue Laminated Timber (Glulam)

Photovoltaic Glazing

Recycled Shipping Containers
Self-Healing Concrete
Bio plastics
Smart metals

ArboSkin Pavilion by ITKE in Stuttgart



Smart metals

No longer are designers, engineers and construction workers having to rely on non-malleable metals to build the next generation of high-rise structures. Various breakthroughs in intelligent and responsive metal technology have enabled increased architectural flexibility and more individually designed buildings for creators.

MX3D: Brownell.B (2017), Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Future

MX3D Metal :
A multiple-axis 3D printing robot creates metal structures mid-air when anchored from horizontal or vertical position. Developed in the Netherlands, by Joris Laarman Lab in collaboration with Acotech, the robot can print various types of metals, such as steel, copper and aluminium.
Lotus :
The smart foils made of ultralight aluminium and developed by Studio Roosegaarde are responsive to heat. This enables them to fold open in response to human proximity.
Thermobimetals :
Exo by DoSu Studio Architecture is made up of properties call thermobimetals. Two alloys with varying coefficients can be heated and will curl in predicable directions creating a desired shape and be used to add to structures with minimal disruption.
Inflatable Steel :
Oskar Zieta created a technique where when thin sheets of steel are welded together then blasted with air at a high-pressure, the layers will then, unpredictably, morph in shape.
Microlattice :
Made up of a synthetic porous metallic material made up of ultra-light metal material. The lightweight material was invented by HRL Laboratories and can be strained to 50 per cent before yielding.

Recent timber skyscraper developments


Oakwood Timber Tower 2
The Lodge
The Netherlands
PLP Architecture


5 King St.
Brisbane, QLD
Bates Smart


Riverfront Square
New Jersey, USA
Michael Green Architecture

Related Summit Topics

DAY 1. 10:00 - 10:30
The Human Element of Timber Tower Buildings

DAY 2. 09:00 - 09:30
A New Type of Timber – Advancements in Tall Timber Buildings

DAY 2. 09:30 - 10:00
Lifecycle Thinking in Tall Buildings: Towards Timber Towers

DAY 2. 11:00 - 11:30
Benefits, Challenges and Developments of Modular and Prefab Construction Within High-Rise Buildings

Registration Closed!

26-27 June 2018

Doltone House – Darling Island Wharf
Sydney NSW



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