Winnipeg Warming Hut ice shell collaboration with University of Manitoba2016-01-19, Tags: computation fabrication ice-shells
Caitlin Mueller spent a week in Winnipeg, Canada working with a team from the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Architecture, led by Lancelot Coar, Kim Wiese, and Jason Hare, on a large-scale origami-inspired fabric and ice shell. Called Fabrigami, the installation is part of the Winnipeg Warming Huts competition, and combines folded plate morphology with the curvatures of fabric-formed ice.
Forces Frozen: Exploring Structural Ice ShellsWorkshop, 2014 - Present
Taught each year in January during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP), this weeklong workshop explores the world of structural ice shells, inspired by Swiss engineer and designer Heinz Isler (1926-2009). The course begins by researching ice/fabric forms and the methods for making them, and in the following days, students explore and design their own ice-fabric structures, along with building formwork and rigging systems. On the final day, the group constructs a landscape of frozen structures on the MIT campus and shares the work with friends and colleagues. For more images and information about the workshop, see the this Tumblr page and this video, which was featured on the MIT homepage in January 2015 (taught with Corentin Fivet).
Since 2015, the workshop has been sponsored by the MIT-SUTD Collaboration Office, and involves students from MIT and the Singapore University of Technologiy and Design. In January 2016, the workshop was taught by Caitlin Mueller and Lancelot Coar, Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba and world expert in ice shell design and construction.