"For a Desert Campus, More Than Rocks and Cactus" by Goldie Blumenstyk appeared in the Feb. 23 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The article lauds UNLV campus gardens including the Xeric Garden outside of the Barrick Museum. Susan Jones, instructor in the School of Architecture Landscape Architecture program, serves as collections manager for the UNLV Arboretum, and is quoted in the article. Chronicle subscribers can read the article at http://chronicle.com/weekly/v53/i25/25b01601.htm (UNLV Libraires subscribes to the print and online Chronicle. Subscribers can opt to get a daily issue by email.)
As mentioned in my last posting, the Architecture Studies Library hosted a panel discussion following the global emergency teach-in on Tuesday. Speakers challenged the attendees to join the current green efforts on the UNLV campus, and to go beyond. Alfredo Fernandez-Gonzalez of the School of Architecture and the Natural Energies Advanced Technologies Lab challenged the campus to calculate an ecological footprint by the end of 2007. Unless we know where we are currently, how can we document improvement? He also suggested that a task force be formed to develop a strategy to reduce UNLV's greenhouse gas emitting energy consumption by 50% within three years. David Hassenzahl, Chair of the UNLV Environmental Studies Department, posed three challenges: UNLV to become a leader in creating a sustainable campus; the faculty senate advocate offsetting the environmental impact of all UNLV travel; and a sustainability coordinator be appointed for UNLV. Many campuses are considering the same type of issues. Here are some web sites mentioned during the panel, for further reading on campus initiatives.
The Global Emergency Teach-In web cast held Feb. 20 will be available online on Feb. 23 at http://www.2010imperative.org/webcast.html Having already seen Ed Mazria speak at UNLV School of Architecture last fall, as part of the Klai Juba lecture series, I confess I was hoping for more than statistics and what is -- for those that have attended the lecture, explored the Architecture 2030 web site http://architecture2030.org/and embraced the 2010 Imperative initiative http://www.2010imperative.org/ -- a fairly standard message. Speaker Chris Luebkeman of ARUP did mention three ARUP projects that will be of interest:
Campuses all over the country are committing to reducing carbon emissions and doing their part to fight global warming. What will UNLV do? At the panel discussion in the ASL following the emergency teach-in today, Alfredo Fernandez-Gonzalez outlined the steps that need to be taken. To learn more about the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment go to http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/html/commitment.php
The global emergency teach-in to discuss the role of the building professions in addressing the crisis in our environment happens this Tuesday 9am -12:30 pm PST. [See related blog postings on the 2010 Imperative and the 2030 Challenge.] The teach-in is via online transmission and response. There will be three venues on the UNLV campus for the transmission: Moyer Student Union Theater (UNLV students, faculty, and staff ONLY) Architecture Building Auditorium - ARC 127 (open to the public) Architecture Studies Library (open to the public) The morning teach-in will be followed by a panel discussion in the Architecture Studies Library from 2pm - 3:30. The Natural Energies Advanced Technologies (NEAT) Laboratory, the UNLV School of Architecture, and the Architecture Studies Library invite you to the Global Emergency Teach-in: The 2010 Imperative! Join us! [thanks to School of Architecture faculty member and Director of the NEAT Laboratory Alfredo Fernandez-Gonzalez for allowing me to crib from his campus announcement of the event. He will also be making an important announcement at the afternoon's panel discussion -- you won't want to miss it!)
Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis has recently been issued by the United Nations http://www.ipcc.ch/SPM2feb07.pdf and is already being widely discussed. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on discussions in Congress in an article titled "House Hearing on Global Warming Features Politics, Research, and Flatulent Dinosaurs." http://chronicle.com/daily/2007/02/2007020901n.htm
The American Institute of Architects reports that its survey to determine the public's favorite architecture found the Bellagio Hotel and Casino to rank number 22 of 150! The press release is at http://www.aia.org/release_020707_150Buildings The complete list is reported in the Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-poparch07-sort2.html The Wall Street Journal sites allows you to sort by category, so by year, state, architect and building type. The Bellagio is the only building in Nevada to make the list -- not so surprising when you realize that only 21 buildings on the list were built 1997 or later.
These DVDs on sustainability and related issues just arrived in the Architecture Studies Library. HC 79 E5 S8642 2004 Sustainable environments [DVD] HT 352 U6 E53 2004 The End of suburbia: oil depletion and the collapse of the American dream [DVD] NA 2542.36 S872 2004 Sustainable architecture [DVD] SB 457.9 E53 S872 2004 The Sustainable landscape: ecological design principles [DVD] TA 403.6 R472 2005 Resourceful materials and methods for building construction [DVD] TH 4860 B85 2005 Building with awareness (+ text) [DVD] TH 4860 G74 2006 Green building: your edge in the home building marketplace [DVD] TL 220 W48 2006 Who killed the electric car [DVD]
The Architecture Studies Library is pleased to present the School of Architecture Faculty/Staff Art Show. The Show will run Feb. 1 - Feb. 28. Pieces in the Show are as follows. â€œPost-rationalizing the foldâ€ By Glenn NP Nowak; 1 minute, 33 seconds; Stop-animation (pencil on paper overlaying cardboard model); 2006 â€œCity Dwellinâ€™â€ by Michael Corrente; 78â€ x 60â€; Gloss portrait on foam core board; 2003 â€œAugust Gardenâ€ by Mark Elison Hoversten; 20â€ x 46â€; Oil on masonite, wood, and canvas â€œSpecial Dayâ€ by Glenn NP Nowak; 11â€ x 42â€; Photograph; 2006 â€œOld Sycamoreâ€ by Edwin Hoag; 24â€ x 30â€; Oil; 2001 â€œNona Waits for the Mailmanâ€ by Edwin Hoag; 30â€ x 36â€; Watercolor; 2006 â€œTwiggyâ€ by Attila Lawrence; 21â€ x 29â€; Charcoal; 1966 â€œHigh & Dryâ€ by Edwin Hoag; 30â€ x 36â€; Watercolor; 1998 â€œPhalaenopsisâ€ by Randall Hale; 12â€ x 16â€; Photograph; 2006 â€œAnd I will give him the morning star. Rev. 2:28â€ by Randall Hale; 11â€ x 14â€; Oil; 2006 â€œFormationâ€ by Michael Corrente; 22â€ x 36â€; Gloss portrait on foam core board; 2006