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.  

Light Well

Date: 8/22/16
Rendering of Light Well elevation
Student Researchers: Juliana McDonald Faculty Advisor:
Andre LH Baros
 

For this assignment, I had the opportunity to create a healing center through structure. My focus was on providing aid during the grieving process. A key component of my design are a series of light wells located within a group healing space. These tall wells bring in soft, natural light and help soothe visitors. They also have a symbolic purpose, as they represent the individuals who are gone. In my detail model, several aspects of the building’s design are revealed, such as the window assembly, the timber construction, and the layers of a green roof. 

Light Well





BIRD Past Research Projects

Light Well

Date: 8/22/16
Rendering of Light Well elevation
Student Researchers: Juliana McDonald Faculty Advisor:
Andre LH Baros
 

For this assignment, I had the opportunity to create a healing center through structure. My focus was on providing aid during the grieving process. A key component of my design are a series of light wells located within a group healing space. These tall wells bring in soft, natural light and help soothe visitors. They also have a symbolic purpose, as they represent the individuals who are gone. In my detail model, several aspects of the building’s design are revealed, such as the window assembly, the timber construction, and the layers of a green roof. 

Light Well