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40th IABSE Symposium Nantes 2018 – Tomorrow’s Megastructures

19 September, 2018 - 21 September, 2018

Nantes, France, will host the 40th IABSE Symposium with the main theme of “Tomorrow’s Megastructures”. Popularised in the 1960s as an architectural concept, a megastructure is referring to a very large manmade object, though the limits of precisely how large this is, may vary considerably. The term could be applied to any especially large or tall building, but also to enormous self-supporting artificial constructions.

Megastructures represent the most ambitious and spectacular constructions in the world which are all incredible technological achievements of great human adventures. As the Jules Verne’s birthplace (who wrote many adventure novels, including a premonitory “Paris in the Twentieth Century” and the famous science fiction novel “From the Earth to the Moon”), Nantes is definitively the best place to address the following challenges:

• Megastructures: a radical paradigm shift or simply a change of scale?
• Today’s and tomorrow’s megastructures and megaprojects
• New trends for innovations in the construction, the preservation, the exploitation and the upgrading of structures.


La Cité Nantes Events Center
5 Rue de Valmy
Nantes, 44000 France
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