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.  

Living Systems Vertical Studio

Date: 1/21/19 - 5/17/19
rendering of green wall
Student Researchers: Leah Bryant, Chris Quinn and James Oberhansley Faculty Advisor: Leila Tolderlund

Living Systems Vertical Studio operates in transition zones – exploring opportunities for living modular membrane systems on, in and thorough vertical building skin surfaces. How we design, thicken, program, grow and cultivate this membrane matrix of urban landscape becoming building, inside becoming outside, and nature becoming city, is essential to increase human health and well-being by growing the ratio, presences and potential for interaction with plants in living city landscapes.

Project: Dynamic Urban Fabric - Interchangeable modules on a draping hexagonal armature adapt to any situation. This fabric system features a structural, flexible armature with interchangeable modules, by drawing from natural patterns and processes.



Plants in a studio project

Close up of vertical studio design

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BIRD Past Research Projects

Living Systems Vertical Studio

Date: 1/21/19 - 5/17/19
rendering of green wall
Student Researchers: Leah Bryant, Chris Quinn and James Oberhansley Faculty Advisor: Leila Tolderlund

Living Systems Vertical Studio operates in transition zones – exploring opportunities for living modular membrane systems on, in and thorough vertical building skin surfaces. How we design, thicken, program, grow and cultivate this membrane matrix of urban landscape becoming building, inside becoming outside, and nature becoming city, is essential to increase human health and well-being by growing the ratio, presences and potential for interaction with plants in living city landscapes.

Project: Dynamic Urban Fabric - Interchangeable modules on a draping hexagonal armature adapt to any situation. This fabric system features a structural, flexible armature with interchangeable modules, by drawing from natural patterns and processes.



Plants in a studio project

Close up of vertical studio design

Model_LB_JO_CM