Icarus Teams 2015

The Icarus Program is an undergraduate research and engagement program developed by the UQ School of Civil Engineering. Small teams of second and third year undergraduates complete projects over one or two semesters with the Folded Structures Lab.

Fish Lane Follies
An Icarus team was formed to develop an aesthetic, affordable and readily accessible method of manufacturing curved-crease models. Through design-and-make exploration, the team developed a timber fabrication process and developed a collection of parametric curved-crease lighting modules. The team was invitated to join a group of fifth-year Masters of Architecture students to display the work in their exhibition, ‘Fish Lane Follies’. Students were able to collaborate with curators, Baber Studio, and lighting specialists, Blumen Watts, to transform their works into true public art. The exhibition was highly successful and brought upon subsequent requests for the collection to be displayed at other public events. These included: Park(ing) Day 2015 with KURB (Keeping Urban Renewal Bold) and Place Design Group; and the UQ School of Architecture Ball 2015: SPACE. Team Members: Jessica Yim, Roya Khodabandehloo, Pratvi Patel, Christina Nguyen.

fish lane follies

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The TeeZee
As a follow-up to the 2014 Festy Flat project, an Icarus team was formed redesign and fabricate a Festi Flat using principles of origami-inspired engineering. It led to the development of the ‘TeeZee’ shelter, which was stronger, stiffer, and lighter than the original design and with a much faster deployment time. The TeeZee was field tested on a camping trip to the Australian outback. Team Members: Julian Cao, Brendan Garvey, Joseph Cabonce, Thomas Thorne, Connor Prince.


The project team also won the UQ Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) challenge competition and $10,000 prize money. The competition was run by UQ’s Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, supported by Dow Chemical Company. The requirements for this were to create innovative solutions that align with Dow’s sustainability goals. The TeeZee aligns with Dow’s sustainability goal of ‘Contributing to community success’, with the initial shelter design seeking to reduce waste at music festivals. The final stage of this competition included a presentation on the project, given by Thomas Thorne and Connor Prince, and was judged by members of Dow Chemical Company, including the Managing Director, Mr Tony Frencham.


Dyson Competition 2014

The Dyson Program was a 3-week workshop run at the University of Queensland in July 2014. Nine students participated and were given the task of designing and prototyping some application for submission to the James Dyson Award student design competition. As seed inspiration, they participated in two, 2-hr preparatory workshops to familiarise themselves with research at UQ in origami-based structures and composite structures. Three designs were submitted to the competition: the Rhino Shell, the Festy Flat, and the Crease Bridge.

Rhino Shell
The Rhino Shell is a prototype transitional shelter. It brings an additional year of development to the Plate House design and introduces two major improvements. First, it utilises a new, morphing shell structural mechanism that allows multi-layered, plate-based structures fold into a compact package and be instantly deployed. Second, the Rhino House employs a redesigned, dual-curvature form designed to optimise internal usability. The shape is enabled by the morphing shell technology, which has a 3D load-carrying ability that doesn’t require a rectilinear frame for structural efficiency. With these improvements, the redeveloped Rhino Shell provides the convenience of a marquee or tent structure and the comfort and security of a typical house – thus satisfying design objectives that the Plate House did not. The project video is shown below and complete project details are available at the James Dyson Award entry page here. Team Members (left to right): Tamsin Cash (Civil), Joe Gattas (Civil), Hayden Warren (Civil), Nicola White (Architecture).

Rhino Shell

Festy Flat
The Festy Flat is a fast-up, fast-down, solid-skin shelter, built exclusively from cardboard temporarily diverted on its way to the recycling plant. It uses an innovative orthogonal hinge arrangement to ensure speedy deployment and following use, is simple to flat-fold or crush to demonstrate that the house is ready for recycling. The project video is shown below and complete project details are available at the James Dyson Award entry page here. Team Members (left to right): Daniel Brice (ITEE), Joe Gattas (Civil), Evmen Wong (Civil), Joshua Owen (ITEE).

Festy Flat

The Crease Bridge
The Crease Bridge is the first concept application of a new structural formwork technology. It is a portable bridge that can be instantly deployed in flooded regions for emergency pedestrian and light vehicle thoroughfare (access/evacuation) and following emergency use, can be used to case a permanent concrete bridge. The project video is shown below and complete project details are available at the James Dyson Award entry page here. Team Members (left to right): Joe Gattas (Civil), Samuel Rech (Civil), Steven Ettema (Civil), Acacia Stevenson (Architecture).

Crease Bridge