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.  

CRUX

Date: 1/16/17
Architectural rendering
Student Researchers: Leigh Bryant Faculty Advisor: Osman Attmann

CRUX is a 1.5-million-square-foot community that engages the public/passerby/traveler on the lower floors, the daily visitor on the middle floors, and the permanent occupants on the upper floors. The mixed-use complex features restaurants surrounding a public plaza, a produce market with fresh food being sourced from the building itself, 150 hotel rooms with balconies overlooking the plaza, rentable rooftop garden space, office space, parking, 200 condos, and amenities for tenants (a pool, gym, indoor and outdoor game areas, two bar/cafes, and a meditation room). 
 
All of these user groups love being in the mix of a vibrant urban culture, while the Rockies are only a quick trip or westward gaze away. CRUX pulls the distant fresh air, change in elevation, and vegetation straight into the city, connecting inhabitants to extroverted and introverted spaces to enjoy nature in the middle of a thriving metropolis. 

BIRD Past Research Projects

CRUX

Date: 1/16/17
Architectural rendering
Student Researchers: Leigh Bryant Faculty Advisor: Osman Attmann

CRUX is a 1.5-million-square-foot community that engages the public/passerby/traveler on the lower floors, the daily visitor on the middle floors, and the permanent occupants on the upper floors. The mixed-use complex features restaurants surrounding a public plaza, a produce market with fresh food being sourced from the building itself, 150 hotel rooms with balconies overlooking the plaza, rentable rooftop garden space, office space, parking, 200 condos, and amenities for tenants (a pool, gym, indoor and outdoor game areas, two bar/cafes, and a meditation room). 
 
All of these user groups love being in the mix of a vibrant urban culture, while the Rockies are only a quick trip or westward gaze away. CRUX pulls the distant fresh air, change in elevation, and vegetation straight into the city, connecting inhabitants to extroverted and introverted spaces to enjoy nature in the middle of a thriving metropolis.