April 13, 2010

Special activities mark National Architecture Week

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Architecture has several special activities on tap this week in conjunction with National Architecture Week.

Walt’s Diner, a giant interactive display, open to the public, continues in the south entrance of Quigley Hall. Children and the young at heart have been stopping by to see the cardboard re-creation of a 1950’s era diner with everything 1 ½ times its normal size. Fans of the intricate creation by architecture students can even post their own photos at the diner on the Facebook page, online athttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Carbondale-IL/SIUC-Arch-122/106988179333330.

On Wednesday, April 14, at 1 p.m. in Quigley Hall, Room 119, Chris Smith of Enertech Inc. will present “GeoThermal -- Design and Construction.” The Greenville company specializes in developing and installing energy efficient, sustainable design geothermal heating systems. The campus and community are welcome to attend the free lecture.

In addition, a group of students, led by junior architectural studies major Allison Schaefer of New Athens, will be working with Habitat for Humanity on a project Saturday.

For more information about the SIUC School of Architecture or the National Architecture Week activities, call 618/453-3734 or visit the Web site at www.architecture.siuc.edu/.