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.  

Caretaker's Residence

Date: 1/23/18
Photograph of wood architectural model
Student Researchers: Mike Hackett Faculty Advisor: Ken Renaud

The goal of the caretaker's residence is to unpack domesticity in a homologous manner to the previous project; the Japanese inspired tea house of today. The residence is a dwelling meant for one person whose life is dedicated to the care and upkeep of the tea house located on the site just north of its own. By analyzing what it means to live and the necessities required, programmatic elements for a laborer were used in conjunction with those of livable space to design the residence.

Photograph of wood architectural model
Rendering of exterior
Photograph of wood architectural model
Photograph of architectural model
Site plan

BIRD Past Research Projects

Caretaker's Residence

Date: 1/23/18
Photograph of wood architectural model
Student Researchers: Mike Hackett Faculty Advisor: Ken Renaud

The goal of the caretaker's residence is to unpack domesticity in a homologous manner to the previous project; the Japanese inspired tea house of today. The residence is a dwelling meant for one person whose life is dedicated to the care and upkeep of the tea house located on the site just north of its own. By analyzing what it means to live and the necessities required, programmatic elements for a laborer were used in conjunction with those of livable space to design the residence.

Photograph of wood architectural model
Rendering of exterior
Photograph of wood architectural model
Photograph of architectural model
Site plan