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.  

Ascension

Date: 8/21/17
Ascension model overview
Student Researchers: Catalina Maciel Faculty Advisor: Shana S. Cohen

Ascension, a mixed-use development that combines housing spaces with a climbing facility, promotes both community and the importance of recreational areas. The building program provides spaces that are available for use by all users. The centralized circulation encourages the interaction between the different users that enter the building, as well as allows them to experience the sensation of ascension, regardless of whether they are climbing up the tower or walking. With different users in mind, a screen pattern was developed that reflects the interactions of each user within the building. The use of screens and a planar glass system allows ample light into the facility while also helping to diffuse it. Ascension combines activities for all users, creating an inclusive space.

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BIRD Past Research Projects

Ascension

Date: 8/21/17
Ascension model overview
Student Researchers: Catalina Maciel Faculty Advisor: Shana S. Cohen

Ascension, a mixed-use development that combines housing spaces with a climbing facility, promotes both community and the importance of recreational areas. The building program provides spaces that are available for use by all users. The centralized circulation encourages the interaction between the different users that enter the building, as well as allows them to experience the sensation of ascension, regardless of whether they are climbing up the tower or walking. With different users in mind, a screen pattern was developed that reflects the interactions of each user within the building. The use of screens and a planar glass system allows ample light into the facility while also helping to diffuse it. Ascension combines activities for all users, creating an inclusive space.

Ascension