CAED Librarian News Archive


Student's Quake Essay Shakes National Competition

Cal Poly Architectural Engineering student Alma Garcia will represent the university at the 2008 Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s 60th annual meeting in New Orleans Feb. 6-9. Garcia earned the honor of attending the prestigious meeting for winning EERI’s Student Paper Competition. Her essay titled "Experimental Seismic Fragility Assessment of Nonstructural Components" received first place in the undergraduate category. More details on Garcia's award.

Winter Quarter Plotter Hours at Pony Prints

Plotter printing availability has expanded! Current hours are: Sunday: 1 - 9pm, Monday: 10am - 2pm; 5 - 8pm, Tuesday: 9am - 7pm, Wednesday: 10am - 1pm; 7pm - midnight, Thursday: 9am - 4pm; 5 - 9pm, Friday: 10am - 2pm, Saturday: 1 - 5pm.

Truth: Choi Jeong-Hwa

Choi's work blurs the boundaries between art, graphic design, industrial design, and architecture. At REDCAT, Los Angeles, until February 3rd, 2008.

Event this week: Focus the Nation

On January 31st, 2008 Cal Poly will participate in the largest teach-in in America's history, Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America. This day-long teach-in will be featuring presentations and panel discussions from a wide range of perspectives on climate change solutions including physics, biology, architecture, engineering, agriculture, business, economics, psychology and religious studies. All events are free! For more information visit the Focus the Nation website.


Featuring recent graduates of the Ecole Cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL) in Switzerland. At the AIA San Francisco Gallery until January 26, 2008.

Student Research Competition

The California State University Student Research Competition, initiated in 1985, features research achievements of undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent alumni from all academic disciplines. Cash prizes are awarded. This year the competitions is set for May 2 and 3 at CSU East Bay in Hayward. Students may adapt their senior projects or master's theses for entry in the competition. The deadline to submit entries for Cal Poly's Mar. 1 campus-wide review is Feb. 18. For more information, visit

2007 IIDA/Metropolis Smart Environments award winners

From Metropolis: "The 2007 IIDA/Metropolis Smart Environments award winners may, once and for all, blow apart the widely held belief that clients don’t care about green design". Read about the winner here

2007 Small Firms, Great Projects

An annual event that allows smaller firms in the Bay area to showcase their work. January 14-28, 2008 at the San Francisco Design Center Galleria.

Australia Contemporary: Aboriginal Art + Modern Architecture

Featuring works by over thirty Aboriginal artists, and the architecture of two established Australian firms (Max Pritchard Architect and Stutchbury & Paper Architects). January 18-30, 2008 at the Museum of Design Art and Architecture in Culver City, CA.

Change of office hours December 3rd & 4th

I will be out of the office on December 3rd and so will not be available for my normal office hour. I will hold the hour on Tuesday December 4th from 3 – 4pm instead.

Truth: Choi Jeong-Hwa

Choi's work blurs the boundaries between art, graphic design, industrial design, and architecture. At REDCAT, Los Angeles, until February 3rd, 2008.

New books featured for CAED students

The library is constantly receiving new books and materials. Check out my list of new arrivals specifically of interest to CAED students and faculty.

Innovation Quest contest at Cal Poly. 11.19.07

From the IQ website: "You can get funding to develop your innovative idea from InnovationQ (IQ), no strings attached. IQ has been founded as a non-profit, philanthropic corporation by successful Cal Poly graduates and business leaders interested in giving back and enhancing innovation at the same time. These highly successful leaders donated their own money to fund current Cal Poly students engaged in Senior Project and/or Master's Thesis or Cal Poly faculty, leading student teams to develop and perfect innovative ideas leading to commercializable products to help all involved."

GIS Day 11.14.07

My Wednesday office hours in the MRC will be held instead on Friday Nov 16th from 2-4pm, also in the MRC. On Wednesday, I'll be assisting with the library's GIS Day event, from 1pm – 4:30pm on the third floor of the library (right outside my office!). Please consider coming and checking out this event. Learn all about Geographic Information Systems and how they are used, as well as discovering potential employers who are working with GIS! Visit the GIS Day 2007 web site for more information.

Call for articles for the 2008 CSU Geospatial Review

The CSU Geospatial Review is looking for stories on research or educational projects using GIS science methods. Articles should be short (500 words or less plus maps and/or photos) and somewhat newsy, and of interest to others in the CSU system who may be considering similar research. Submissions are due by November, and may be sent to the CSU GIS Specialty Center at

Swiss Architecture Exhibit Coming to Kennedy Library

Bold images of Swiss architectural design will be on display this fall at Cal Poly, with "Ticinese Architecture in the World: Milestones and Protagonists 1970-2003." The traveling exhibition will be located in the Gallery at the Commons, second floor, in the Cal Poly Robert E. Kennedy Library. An opening reception sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland, San Francisco is scheduled in the Gallery from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24. The free and public exhibition can be seen during regular library hours through Oct. 12.

Bill Owens "Suburbia" Photography Series at Cal Poly

Owens' "Suburbia" series has become a landmark chronicle of the mid-century suburban explosion and a pivotal, influential work for an entire generation of American photographers, according to Jeff Van Kleeck, University Art Gallery curator and a member of the Cal Poly Art and Design Department. This exhibition is on display at the University Art Gallery from September 8 to October 24th.

Current exhibit of interest to Landscape Architecture students and faculty

Landscaping America: Beyond the Japanese Garden is an exhibit which "highlights how West Coast Japanese American drew upon their agricultural and ethnic backgrounds to carve out a viable vocational niche in gardening, and in the process, reinterpreted Japanese garden traditions, and contributed to the diversity of the American landscape." It's in Los Angeles, but worth checking out.