Forces Frozen: Exploring Structural Ice Shells

Prerequisites: None, although students with experience in architecture, structural and mechanical engineering, design, making, and origami will be especially interested.

Load: Daily 5-hour sessions for 1 week

Time Outside Class: None

This workshop explores the world of structural ice shells for architecture, inspired by Swiss engineer and designer Heinz Isler (1926-2009).  Co-taught with Professor Lancelot Coar of the University of Manitoba, this year's one-week course will involve research, experimentation, design, and lots of hands-on building using fabric and frozen water to create incredible forms that are strong, lightweight, and expressive. 

The week will culminate in the construction and celebration of a large-scale ice shell installation on the MIT campus.


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