(Feb. 21, 2014) -- The UTSA College of Public Policy and College of Architecture, in partnership with the San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects, San Antonio River Authority and Bexar County, will host representatives from Philadelphia, Pa., to discuss the story of the Philadelphia Citizens Planning Institute on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124) on the UTSA Downtown Campus.
The free, public event will feature a reception from 5:30 to 6 p.m., the presentation "Citizen Planning: The Philadelphia Story" from 6 to 7 p.m., and close with a half-hour panel discussion featuring the Philadelphia representatives. The event will promote city planning best practices and community development, using the Philadelphia Citizens Planning Institute as a successful case study.
"It is vital to the success of San Antonio that citizens be informed about the planning processes so they can provide meaningful input to help our community continue to be a thriving, prosperous city," said Francine Romero, associate dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "Philadelphia's story is a testament to what can be accomplished by citizens coming together and being engaged with their civic infrastructure."
The Philadelphia Citizens Planning Institute was founded in 2010 by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to serve as the city's official education and outreach arm. Its mission is to empower citizens so that they can take a more effective and active role in shaping the future of their neighborhoods and city.
"The Philadelphia experience can help us learn how to best leverage investment the San Antonio River Authority has made in developing holistic watershed master plans and promoting sustainable development practices into a community-driven planning process," said Suzanne Scott, general manager of the San Antonio River Authority.
Panelists will include:
>> The event is the first city-planning discussion in an ongoing series that will be offered jointly by the UTSA College of Public Policy and UTSA College of Architecture. A live web-stream and recorded webcast will be available at NOWCastSA.com. Free parking will be available in lot D-3 under Interstate 35. For more information, contact Erin Jines at 210-458-3213.
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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