BIRD Current Research Projects

Overview

The building blocks of prosthetics come in many materials, shapes, and sizes. To create lightweight yet sturdy prosthetics, we explore 3D printing in plastic, carbon fiber, steel, and titanium. In addition, we investigate different methods of actuation such as miniature 3D printed gearboxes for fingers and twisted coil polymers. While some of these parts may look like something out of Star Wars, these are more than just computer-generated images. These prosthetics are real and they work for real people.  

A Museum

Date: 8/22/16
A museum interior rendering
Student Researchers: Rebekka Thy Faculty Advisor: Tyler Michieli

This design for a museum in downtown Denver responds to the surrounding context of the site at 1400 Wynkoop, as well as to the needs and philosophies of the artist Olafur Eliasson. The design reflects the tension inherent in the context, as the urban grid pushes up against the naturalness of Cherry Creek and vice versa (by bringing in organic forms juxtaposed against square blocks). The museum’s continuous, figure-eight circulation gently draws visitors in and carries them through compressed “dark” galleries on the ground floor to “light” galleries on the second, where they experience Eliasson’s range of work, from visual to installation art.

A museum program analysis
A museum section view
A museum site plan
A museum interior rendering
A museum site rendering
A museum interior section drawing 

BIRD Past Research Projects

A Museum

Date: 8/22/16
A museum interior rendering
Student Researchers: Rebekka Thy Faculty Advisor: Tyler Michieli

This design for a museum in downtown Denver responds to the surrounding context of the site at 1400 Wynkoop, as well as to the needs and philosophies of the artist Olafur Eliasson. The design reflects the tension inherent in the context, as the urban grid pushes up against the naturalness of Cherry Creek and vice versa (by bringing in organic forms juxtaposed against square blocks). The museum’s continuous, figure-eight circulation gently draws visitors in and carries them through compressed “dark” galleries on the ground floor to “light” galleries on the second, where they experience Eliasson’s range of work, from visual to installation art.

A museum program analysis
A museum section view
A museum site plan
A museum interior rendering
A museum site rendering
A museum interior section drawing