(April 22, 2011)--Think sustainability and you might think energy, electric cars and solar systems. But bricks?
That's what Shane Valentine thought about and as a result won honorable mention in the BrickStainable Integrated Building Design competition in Baltimore. The international competition challenges entrants to design clay masonry that will lead to an environmentally sustained way of heating and cooling a building.
"Being selected as one of four winning entries internationally has been a great honor and an unexpected win," said Valentine, adding that the honor is especially important because part of the design selection was based on how well it connected personally to the judges.
Valentine designed a net-zero-energy corporate building with clay masonry as the primary material. The building consisted of a series of brick frames that can convert the sun's energy into heat. A suspended trombe (sun-facing) wall of clay brick passively heats the building during winter, while geothermal cooling keeps the building comfortable during summer.
"Such an award at a national level shows that the UTSA College of Architecture, albeit a young college, is producing some of the nation's best new thought in regard to the build environment," said Candid Rogers, a lecturer who also runs one of the college's design studios where Valentine worked on his project.
An awards ceremony was March 31 in Washington, D.C., at the National Building Museum. More information on the competition and ceremony can be found at the BrickStainable Design Competition website.
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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