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.  

Multi-generational housing assessment

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Lucy Rollins, Multi-generations Housing Affordability

Multi-Generational Housing Affordability and Accessory Dwelling Unit Assessment
Student Researcher:
 Lucy Rollins
 
Link to Capstone Poster     
Link to Executive Summary 

Homebuilders are beginning to construct single-family houses that include an internal suite and calling these multi-generational homes. The internal suite includes all of the elements of an attached ADU, but, at present, is not considered a second dwelling unit in California. In addition, homeowners of these types of houses report providing the suite to family members and others at no cost, creating a new type of affordable housing in suburban development. This Capstone explores this home type and presents the argument for considering multi-generational second units as attached ADUs so that California jurisdictions can count them as affordable second units toward the housing allocation given to them by the state.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Multi-generational housing assessment

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Lucy Rollins, Multi-generations Housing Affordability

Multi-Generational Housing Affordability and Accessory Dwelling Unit Assessment
Student Researcher:
 Lucy Rollins
 
Link to Capstone Poster     
Link to Executive Summary 

Homebuilders are beginning to construct single-family houses that include an internal suite and calling these multi-generational homes. The internal suite includes all of the elements of an attached ADU, but, at present, is not considered a second dwelling unit in California. In addition, homeowners of these types of houses report providing the suite to family members and others at no cost, creating a new type of affordable housing in suburban development. This Capstone explores this home type and presents the argument for considering multi-generational second units as attached ADUs so that California jurisdictions can count them as affordable second units toward the housing allocation given to them by the state.