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.  

Skyline Park Historic American Landscapes Survey

Date: 1/1/03
Skyline Park HALS image
Principal Researchers:

Ann Komara

Ann Mullins

Location: Denver

Skyline Park was designed in the 1970s by noted modernist landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. This Historic American Landscapes Survey, HALS-CO-01, was the first HALS documentation project in Colorado. It was also the first project nationally to document a mid-century modern landscape. The documentation, conducted during Skyline Park's demolition in 2003, was funded in part by grant awards from the State Historical Fund, a program on History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society. This project has been recognized with a State of Colorado Stephen Hart Preservation Award.
Associate Professor Ann Komara presented the Skyline Park HALS documentation project at the eighth biennial DOCOMOMO conference held in New York City (2004). Her book Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park (2012) was produced and published in collaboration with The Cultural Landscape Foundation and Princeton Architectural Press as the inaugural monograph in their Modern Landscapes: Transition and Transformation series.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Skyline Park Historic American Landscapes Survey

Date: 1/1/03
Skyline Park HALS image
Principal Researchers:

Ann Komara

Ann Mullins

Location: Denver

Skyline Park was designed in the 1970s by noted modernist landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. This Historic American Landscapes Survey, HALS-CO-01, was the first HALS documentation project in Colorado. It was also the first project nationally to document a mid-century modern landscape. The documentation, conducted during Skyline Park's demolition in 2003, was funded in part by grant awards from the State Historical Fund, a program on History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society. This project has been recognized with a State of Colorado Stephen Hart Preservation Award.
Associate Professor Ann Komara presented the Skyline Park HALS documentation project at the eighth biennial DOCOMOMO conference held in New York City (2004). Her book Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park (2012) was produced and published in collaboration with The Cultural Landscape Foundation and Princeton Architectural Press as the inaugural monograph in their Modern Landscapes: Transition and Transformation series.