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.  

Museum of Spatial Arts II

Date: 8/15/16
Museum of Spatial Arts site rendering
Student Researchers: Marika Davis Faculty Advisor: Barbara Ambach

Designed for downtown Denver, the Museum of Spatial Arts integrates with the context while also creating spaces of reflection. There are voids that create a system of reveals throughout the building. The reveals connect the site context to the facade, as well as connecting the gallery spaces to each other. The reveals create moments of reflection and enable fluid circulation. As one journeys through the museum, more is revealed. The facade helps to tell the gradual story of the transitioning reveals.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Museum of Spatial Arts II

Date: 8/15/16
Museum of Spatial Arts site rendering
Student Researchers: Marika Davis Faculty Advisor: Barbara Ambach

Designed for downtown Denver, the Museum of Spatial Arts integrates with the context while also creating spaces of reflection. There are voids that create a system of reveals throughout the building. The reveals connect the site context to the facade, as well as connecting the gallery spaces to each other. The reveals create moments of reflection and enable fluid circulation. As one journeys through the museum, more is revealed. The facade helps to tell the gradual story of the transitioning reveals.