(Jan. 23, 2014) -- The UTSA College of Architecture Spring 2014 Lecture Series will feature urban design professionals John Massengale, AIA, and Victor Dover, FAICP, at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Their lecture, "The Art of Street Design," is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Massengale and Dover are experts in urban design, architecture and planning. In their lecture, based on their new book, "Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns," they will discuss excellent street design, examine what makes a street successful and explain the common pitfalls to which many streets fall victim.
"Streets that are planned for people who walk and bike are critical necessities for good city living," said Richard Tangum, director of the Center for Urban and Regional Planning in the UTSA College of Architecture. "With their new book and lecture, which offer examples of excellent streets from around the world and advice on how to enhance existing streets, John Massengale and Victor Dover have essentially crafted a user-friendly guide to creating vibrant, successful cities."
Massengale has won a variety of awards for his work in architecture, architectural history and urbanism. As the principal architect at Massengale & Co., he has designed projects in Europe and across the United States. His planning work spans a range of situations from suburban retrofits and designing new towns to urban infill and urban regeneration. He is the author of three books, including National Book Award nominee "New York 1900: Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism 1890-1915."
Dover is an urban designer, city planner and co-founder of planning firm Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning. As principal-in-charge for many of the firm's design and planning projects, he has overseen the design of 150 neighborhoods, urban revitalization programs and regional plans worldwide. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and served as the chair of the Congress for New Urbanism from 2010 to 2012. He lectures widely around the nation on the topics of livable communities and sustainable development.
The UTSA College of Architecture Spring Lecture Series brings architecture professionals from around the world to UTSA to share their expertise on a variety of topics with the local community. For more information about upcoming lectures, contact Nicole Chavez at 210-458-3121.
For more information, visit the UTSA College of Architecture website or call 210-458-3090.
Spring 2014 Lecture Series
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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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