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.  

Overland Pavilion

Date: 8/22/16
Overland Pavilion site rendering
Student Researchers: Andrew Schrag & Samantha Strang Faculty Advisor: Scott Lawrence

This pavilion was designed for a Land Art Biennale in Fort Collins, Colorado. We are manifesting the larger context in a more immediate relationship to the individual. It includes a personal journey into, around, through, and out of the pavilion to reveal an awareness of the scope and elasticity of context. This continuous conversation has no final sense of arrival or end destination, creating an understanding of the interconnectedness of the site, pavilion, art, and time.
 
Opposites exist on a spectrum and are not separate or mutually exclusive. Perceptions of above and below, immediate and expanse, in and out, human-made intervention and “natural” occurrences are questioned. The elasticity of context is demonstrated through narrative movement by carving.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Overland Pavilion

Date: 8/22/16
Overland Pavilion site rendering
Student Researchers: Andrew Schrag & Samantha Strang Faculty Advisor: Scott Lawrence

This pavilion was designed for a Land Art Biennale in Fort Collins, Colorado. We are manifesting the larger context in a more immediate relationship to the individual. It includes a personal journey into, around, through, and out of the pavilion to reveal an awareness of the scope and elasticity of context. This continuous conversation has no final sense of arrival or end destination, creating an understanding of the interconnectedness of the site, pavilion, art, and time.
 
Opposites exist on a spectrum and are not separate or mutually exclusive. Perceptions of above and below, immediate and expanse, in and out, human-made intervention and “natural” occurrences are questioned. The elasticity of context is demonstrated through narrative movement by carving.