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.  

Literacy of the Self

Date: 1/22/18
Literacy of the Self photograph of model site view
Student Researchers: Genevieve Hampton Faculty Advisor: Brad Tomecek
 

The prompt for this design was to create a space for literacy within the Denver neighborhood of the Highlands. Instead of creating a traditional library this space creates the opportunity for “Literacy of the Self” which is defined as meditation and self-reflection to encourage focus. The design intention is to create a space that detaches from the sensory inputs of the city, providing a moment for individuals to find isolation of thought, preparing them to confront the flow of data upon reintroduction to the city.

Literacy of the Self







BIRD Past Research Projects

Literacy of the Self

Date: 1/22/18
Literacy of the Self photograph of model site view
Student Researchers: Genevieve Hampton Faculty Advisor: Brad Tomecek
 

The prompt for this design was to create a space for literacy within the Denver neighborhood of the Highlands. Instead of creating a traditional library this space creates the opportunity for “Literacy of the Self” which is defined as meditation and self-reflection to encourage focus. The design intention is to create a space that detaches from the sensory inputs of the city, providing a moment for individuals to find isolation of thought, preparing them to confront the flow of data upon reintroduction to the city.

Literacy of the Self