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.  

Missing middle housing in Centennial

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Matthew Siegle, Missing Middle Housing Options for Centennial

The Missing Middle: Housing Options for Centennial
Student Researcher:
 Matthew Siegle
 
Link to Capstone Poster   
Link to Executive Summary 

Centennial is facing declining home affordability and a mismatch between the types of housing that residents need and what currently exists. With detached single-family units comprising 77% of the community’s housing, younger households are being priced out of the market while aging residents struggle to find homes that meet their lifestyle needs. Middle housing, which includes a variety of home types ranging from ADUs to mixed-use buildings, offers a likely solution. This report examines the benefits of middle housing, local conditions that affect implementation, and specific actions the City can take to encourage its development.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Missing middle housing in Centennial

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Matthew Siegle, Missing Middle Housing Options for Centennial

The Missing Middle: Housing Options for Centennial
Student Researcher:
 Matthew Siegle
 
Link to Capstone Poster   
Link to Executive Summary 

Centennial is facing declining home affordability and a mismatch between the types of housing that residents need and what currently exists. With detached single-family units comprising 77% of the community’s housing, younger households are being priced out of the market while aging residents struggle to find homes that meet their lifestyle needs. Middle housing, which includes a variety of home types ranging from ADUs to mixed-use buildings, offers a likely solution. This report examines the benefits of middle housing, local conditions that affect implementation, and specific actions the City can take to encourage its development.