Success factors in the realization of large ice projects in education

A.D.C. Pronk, P. Luo, Q. Li, F. Sanders, M. Overtoom, L. Coar

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Abstract

There has been a long tradition in making ice structures, but the development of technical improvements for making ice buildings is a new field with just a handful of researchers. Most of the projects were realized by professors in cooperation with their students as part of their education in architecture and civil engineering. The following professors have realized ice projects in this setting: Heinz Isler realized some experiments since the 1950s; Tsutomu Kokawa created in the past three decades several ice domes in the north of Japan with a span up to 25 meters; Lancelot Coar realized a number of fabric formed ice shell structures including fiberglass bars and hanging fabric as a mould for an ice shell in 2011 and in 2015 he produced an fabric-formed ice origami structure in cooperation with MIT (Caitlin Mueller) and VUB (Lars de Laet)[4]. Arno Pronk realized several ice projects such as the 2004 artificially cooled igloo, in 2014[1] and 2015[2] dome structures with an inflatable mould in Finland and in 2016 one ice dome and two ice towers in Harbin (China) as a cooperation between the Universities of Eindhoven & Leuven (Pronk) and Harbin (Wu and Luo). In this paper we will present the motivation and learning experiences of students involved in learning-by-doing by realizing one large project in ice. The 2014-2016 projects were evaluated by Sanders and Overtoom[3] using questionnaires among the participants by mixed cultural teams under extreme conditions. By comparing the results in different situations and cultures we have found common rules for the success of those kinds of educational projects. In this paper we suggest that the synergy among students participating in one main project without a clear individual goal can be very large. The paper will present the success factors for projects to be perceived as a good learning experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterfaces - Architecture. Engineering. Science : IASS Annual symposium 2017, 25-28 September 2017, Hamburg, Germany
EditorsAnnette Bogle, Manfred Grohmann
Place of PublicationHamburg
PublisherHafenCity University
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2017
Event2017 Annual Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS 2017), September 25-28, 2017, Hamburg, Germany: Interfaces: Architecture, Engineering, Science - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 25 Sep 201728 Sep 2017

Conference

Conference2017 Annual Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS 2017), September 25-28, 2017, Hamburg, Germany
Abbreviated titleIASS 2017
CountryGermany
CityHamburg
Period25/09/1728/09/17

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