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.  

Jefferson Park Slot House

Date: 1/16/17
Site sketch
Student Researchers: Majed Albaiz & Ahmaz Alnaim Faculty Advisor: Keith Loftin

Envisioned for an urban site in Denver, this multifamily development responds to the scale and character of neighboring buildings. Eight duplexes are arranged around a central open space that controls vehicular circulation. The push and pull effect allows for extra car parking, while permeable paving and small grassy lawns soften the look and feel of the central court. 
 
The units are oriented toward the street, with each offering easy access and a sense of privacy. Skylights bring natural light into each residence. Gabled forms and the use of materials such as wood and brick enable the development to be respectful of its historic context.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Jefferson Park Slot House

Date: 1/16/17
Site sketch
Student Researchers: Majed Albaiz & Ahmaz Alnaim Faculty Advisor: Keith Loftin

Envisioned for an urban site in Denver, this multifamily development responds to the scale and character of neighboring buildings. Eight duplexes are arranged around a central open space that controls vehicular circulation. The push and pull effect allows for extra car parking, while permeable paving and small grassy lawns soften the look and feel of the central court. 
 
The units are oriented toward the street, with each offering easy access and a sense of privacy. Skylights bring natural light into each residence. Gabled forms and the use of materials such as wood and brick enable the development to be respectful of its historic context.