(Oct. 2, 2012) -- The UTSA College of Architecture Fall Lecture Series begins with "Mapping the Future and Using Data to Accelerate Market Transformation." a free public lecture at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (1.338) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The lecture will be presented by Elizabeth Heider, senior vice president of green markets for Skanska USA, one of the world's leading project development and construction groups.
"The utilization of data in the process of designing, building and operating 21st century buildings has become an absolutely critical step in the overall construction process," said Heider.
Heider supports the development, design and construction of high-performance green/LEED projects throughout their lifecycle for Skanska, and also serves as chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) board of directors. Her talk is sponsored by Skanska USA and supported by the Balcones Chapter of USGBC Central Texas. A panel discussion will follow featuring James Andrews of Overland Partners and Bob Harris of Lake Flato Architects. The discussion will be moderated by Associate Professor Hazem Rashed-Ali in the UTSA College of Architecture.
Skanska is recognized as an industry leader in constructing sustainable buildings, from institutional buildings to office towers. The company has extensive experience in selecting building material using a lifecycle approach and is able to ensure projects will meet the requirements for certification in accordance with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the USGBC's system for energy and environmental classification of buildings.
LEED is the most widely recognized and used green building program worldwide, certifying 1.6 million square feet of building space each day in more than 130 countries. The certification program for buildings, homes and communities is a guide for design, construction, operations and maintenance. Nearly 50,000 projects participate in LEED today. The USGBC is made up of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters and student and community volunteers who share the same vision of a sustainable built environment for all within the next generation.
The UTSA College of Architecture Fall Lecture Series continues with "Petrochemical America" on Oct. 17 with Kate Orff and "ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking" on Nov. 7 with Eran Ben-Joseph. The latter is co-sponsored by the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute at UTSA.
For more information on the UTSA College of Architecture Fall Lecture Series, email Nicole Chavez.
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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