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.  

Spatial Vignettes

Date: 8/21/17
Photograph of architectural model
Student Researchers: Michael K. Hackett Faculty Advisor: Jordan Gravely

In this project, I explored inhabitable spatial relationships between three major moments: entry, transition, and arrival. These moments were discovered through previous investigations of architectural techniques such as stereotomic and tectonic building. By investigating spatial sequences and how they are related, the term “threshold” became apparent. By using detailed and intentful thresholds, this project gained a cohesive experience for the viewer.
 
Main drivers behind this spatial vignette were sight lines, repetition, and compression and release. Sight lines are represented through voided space and material changes. Repetition is represented through aesthetic features such as the overhead condition, as well as orientation in each moment. Compression and release is represented throughout the experience within each moment as well.

Photograph of architectural model
Photograph of detail architectural model
Program analysis model
Photograph of architectural model
Photograph of architectural model made with wood and concrete

BIRD Past Research Projects

Spatial Vignettes

Date: 8/21/17
Photograph of architectural model
Student Researchers: Michael K. Hackett Faculty Advisor: Jordan Gravely

In this project, I explored inhabitable spatial relationships between three major moments: entry, transition, and arrival. These moments were discovered through previous investigations of architectural techniques such as stereotomic and tectonic building. By investigating spatial sequences and how they are related, the term “threshold” became apparent. By using detailed and intentful thresholds, this project gained a cohesive experience for the viewer.
 
Main drivers behind this spatial vignette were sight lines, repetition, and compression and release. Sight lines are represented through voided space and material changes. Repetition is represented through aesthetic features such as the overhead condition, as well as orientation in each moment. Compression and release is represented throughout the experience within each moment as well.

Photograph of architectural model
Photograph of detail architectural model
Program analysis model
Photograph of architectural model
Photograph of architectural model made with wood and concrete