(April 20, 2010)--The semester projects of UTSA architecture students will be presented outdoors from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 22 at Bill Miller Plaza on the UTSA Downtown Campus.
For the final build, students were constrained to a palette of eight-foot wood lathe strips for a structural frame, a single binding material such as leather lacing and a single sheer fabric of the team's choice. The exhibition for students in Design I, "PASSage," gives students, faculty members and guests a chance to walk through structures, which is considered a rite of passage for aspiring architects.
The premise of the exhibition is to allow participants, to experience a sensation or emotion through the act of passing through a structure. "Bliss," "Disdain" and "Solemnity" are a few examples of the 17 pieces to be presented.
"Students have no idea, as yet, that the first time you experience one of your own designs in full scale, there will be a few surprises, both beautiful and not so beautiful," said Stephen Temple, UTSA associate professor of architecture.
A rarity in architecture schools so early in the curriculum, the PASSage project is a full-scale, hands-on, design-build assignment. The project allows students to study architectural themes of space making, symmetry and asymmetry, colors, patterns, curves and angles, materials and the subtle affects they can have on people. Most students involved are freshmen in their first semester of the architectural design program.
Four-person teams spent the last three weeks developing ideas through conceptualizing, researching, drawing and constructing small-scale models. The final products are delivered in many colors, shapes and sizes. Fragile wooden frames form spires and mazes, fabric is cut and shaped into canopies or wall panels, and lacing is painstakingly fashioned into latticework, sometimes as structural necessity and sometimes as pure frivolity.
"Each student not only comes away from the project a better team player, but also realizing the complexities involved in leading a design project all the way from idea and sketch, to the reality of its construction, detail and finally, into the richness of human experience," said Temple.
For more information or to arrange a walk-through, call Stephen Temple at 210-458-3032. If there is inclement weather, the exhibition will be postponed until April 27.
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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