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"UTenSAils" design project

UTSA College of Architecture to dedicate 'UTenSAils' sculpture design project Oct. 25

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Oct. 24, 2005)--The UTSA College of Architecture -- the fastest-growing architecture program in the nation -- and the Industrial Fabrics Association International will host a reception and dedication for the "UTenSAils" design project from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the UTSA Downtown Campus Monterey Building, 301 S. Frio St.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the site.

The design project consists of two sculptural structures constructed with stretchable membrane, stainless steel cables, PVC and fittings.

The project was built last spring by 11 students in the senior architectural design studio of Mahesh Senagala, UTSA associate professor of architecture. The students worked with 24 industry partners to collect materials and assemble the structures at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The partners include U.S. firms in Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, New York, New Jersey, Miami and Baltimore, and international firms in the U.K., Holland, Germany and Japan.

"These structures have become the seeds for community building on the UTSA Downtown Campus," said Senagala. "The permanently displayed project will serve as the best possible introduction to tensile fabric structures as students and professionals walk under them each day. The professional connections established through the project have great potential for additional research, teaching, business and design initiatives in the region. I thank the 24 industry partners and sponsors whose significant contributions made this project possible."

Students who worked on the project were Shad Calvetti, Steven Cordero, Michael Czimskey, Curtis Fish, Hector Guevara, Mathew Martinez, David Matiella, Hector Mendez, Sarah Ness, Ryan Squyres and Andrew Wit.

For more information, contact Mahesh Senagala at (210) 458-3010.

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