(Nov. 23, 2009)--UTSA mathematics professor and urbanist Nikos Salingaros is ranked 11th on an international list of the Top 100 Urban Thinkers, according to urban planning Web site Planetizen. Salingaros has served on UTSA's mathematics faculty since 1983 and also holds architecture appointments with the University of Rome III in Italy, the Delft University of Technology in Holland and Tecnologico de Monterrey in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico.
"I was informed rather late in the poll that my name had been included and that it was rising every day," said Salingaros. "I was glad that the scientific approach to urban planning was well represented on the list with the inclusion of Jane Jacobs, Christopher Alexander and Bill Hillier."
Like Salingaros, Christopher Alexander and Bill Hillier, who also are on the list, are mathematicians who became urbanists, applying scientific analysis to better understand cities. While Jane Jacobs was not a mathematician, she was the first person who suggested applying complexity theory to urbanism, along with Warren Weaver, in the 1960s.
"This represents a clear victory for the application of science to designing cities," said Salingaros. "I was very proud to be included and frankly surprised to make such a good showing, ending right next to my friend James Howard Kunstler, with whom I have written a paper and recorded an interview. I guess we are complementary."
Although Salingaros calls himself "a relative newcomer to urban design," the academician has published five books on urbanism and architecture, including "Principles of Urban Structure" and "A Theory of Architecture," and has two more due this year and next. In his book, "Anti-architecture and Deconstruction," Salingaros presents architectural rules that are grounded in science and mathematics, setting off a controversy between both architects and critics.
In addition to publishing more than 110 papers in mathematics, physics, architecture and urban design, Salingaros is the associate editor of three architecture and urban planning journals. He serves on the editorial board of Resource for Urban Design Information, as a consultant to the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C., and as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the Israel Science Foundation. Additionally, he contributes to major architectural projects in Qatar, Mexico, Brazil, Italy and Kosovo.
Planetizen is a Web-based community for urban planners, designers and developers that includes partners such as the American Society of Landscape Architects, Christian Science Monitor, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Preservation magazine, among others. Its Top 100 Urban Thinkers poll was conducted from Aug. 7 to Sept. 7, 2009.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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