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.  

Castlewood Canyon State Park Ranger Station

Date: 1/16/17
rendering of exterior space
Student Researchers: Austin S. Gohl Faculty Advisor: Ken Renaud

The spatial manipulations in these three graphics are the primary architectural elements driving the design of the Castlewood Canyon State Park Ranger Station. The Division-Union Axis, which is the main corridor, separates while simultaneously linking the domestic space and the public functions. The secondary Cross Axis directs visitors from the primary corridor to the ranger’s desk, where they will encounter park information and public restrooms beyond. The tertiary Poché Axis, developed through a continuous poured-concrete retaining wall, visually links the two distinct zones of the design
Composite layout of sketches and study models
Program analysis drawings
Site plan drawing
Elevation drawing
Program analysis graphic

BIRD Past Research Projects

Castlewood Canyon State Park Ranger Station

Date: 1/16/17
rendering of exterior space
Student Researchers: Austin S. Gohl Faculty Advisor: Ken Renaud

The spatial manipulations in these three graphics are the primary architectural elements driving the design of the Castlewood Canyon State Park Ranger Station. The Division-Union Axis, which is the main corridor, separates while simultaneously linking the domestic space and the public functions. The secondary Cross Axis directs visitors from the primary corridor to the ranger’s desk, where they will encounter park information and public restrooms beyond. The tertiary Poché Axis, developed through a continuous poured-concrete retaining wall, visually links the two distinct zones of the design
Composite layout of sketches and study models
Program analysis drawings
Site plan drawing
Elevation drawing
Program analysis graphic