(Sept. 26, 2011) -- The UTSA College of Architecture Fall Lecture Series will open with "The Promise of Prefab Homes: Obtainable or Fiction?" at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the Buena Vista Theater (1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The COA series is free and open to the public.
Partners Matthew Stannard and Bart Mitchell of the design/build firm Stillwater Dwellings will present their products and business concepts. The Seattle company is known for its unique contemporary prefabricated homes centered on affordability, sustainability and quality.
"A lecture series is a great opportunity for a college of architecture to present a wide spectrum of examples of success in design," said John Murphy, dean of the UTSA College of Architecture. "Whether it is an up-and-coming extremely talented designer or a person very established in his or her successful career, it is an opportunity to engage directly with the general public, related disciplines and students of the built environment. We are fortunate to have these individuals scheduled to come to San Antonio this year, and we hope people will take advantage of the opportunity to hear them speak."
Stillwater Dwellings was established in 2008 to provide affordable, quality-built prefabricated homes. All homes feature the company's signature soaring butterfly roofline; eco-friendly wood flooring; over-insulated walls, ceilings and floors; and hi-efficiency windows. Stillwater's viable business model has garnered attention for its focus on sustainability and green building paired with exceptional value and time efficiency related to construction management and manufacturing.
"We're very excited to have Stillwater Dwellings kick off our lecture series, not only because of their dynamic design work, but also due to their established position in the prefabrication business," said Taeg Nishimoto, lecture series organizer and COA associate dean for research, outreach and graduate studies.
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UTSA College of Architecture Fall Lecture Series
Oct. 26 -- Jefre, an Orlando, Fla., designer, will speak on his intriguing public art. He was selected to create the public art for the new City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters. The lecture is co-sponsored by the City of San Antonio program, Public Art San Antonio.
Nov. 16 -- Mario Coyula Cowley, Cuban architect, urban designer and critic
Nov. 30 -- Erhard An-He Kinzelbach, Austrian architect, principal of Knowspace and professor at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China
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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