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.  

Ranger Station

Date: 1/16/17
Exterior rendering of ranger station
Student Researchers: Francis C. Mougne Faculty Advisor: Scott Lawrence

The intent is to develop a domestic space that serves to redefine the relationship between park ranger and visitor. It is a departure from the ubiquitous ranger station, where kiosks and placards only separate ranger and visitor from each other, and also disengage one another from context of the site. Via this study, the domestic form persuades circulation, where moments of anticipation and reflection serve as a catalyst to strengthen the bond between self, other and context of the site.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Ranger Station

Date: 1/16/17
Exterior rendering of ranger station
Student Researchers: Francis C. Mougne Faculty Advisor: Scott Lawrence

The intent is to develop a domestic space that serves to redefine the relationship between park ranger and visitor. It is a departure from the ubiquitous ranger station, where kiosks and placards only separate ranger and visitor from each other, and also disengage one another from context of the site. Via this study, the domestic form persuades circulation, where moments of anticipation and reflection serve as a catalyst to strengthen the bond between self, other and context of the site.