Composite structures: designing with advanced materials

Start Date: 29 Oct 2015 - 08:00AM

End Date: 29 Oct 2015 - 05:00PM

Share This

Toby Whitefield, the CEO of the company behind Swanston Square’s iconic Orbis façade, is bringing his knowledge to a free education session at MPavilion this Thursday.

Joined by RMIT’s Dean of Architecture, Richard Blythe, Toby will discuss modern composites and how they are made. Learn the history of composite materials in the A&D industry, and in which conditions they best respond. The pair will offer insights on the act of combining materials together for both strength and form, and which weave approach suits your building needs.

The session will turn an eye to local projects that exemplify the ideal use of modern composites, including the VCCC Hospital façade. Toby will then examine ShapeShift – his own company’s – work, looking at the Orbis façade, which features the portrait of Wurundjeri-willam elder William Barak amid its build. The two will also discuss the use of composite materials utilised within the MPavilion itself, in particular, its “petals” – made of a material especially engineered by ShapeShift to suit the design.

The talk will take place at MPavilion on Thursday October 29, from 4.30-5.30pm.