Specialist tours unlock the secrets of the UTS campus
If you’ve ever wondered if there’s more to UTS than meets the eye, there is! Some of UTS’s most interesting bits are hidden away on rooftops, deep underground or behind closed doors – and others in plain sight. So what are they and how do you get in to see them?
It’s not as hard as you might think, with a number of tours on offer to intrepid explorers of our campus. Here are some we’d recommend for students and staff:
If you think that an urban campus can’t be sustainable, think again. Even better, sign up for an informative lunchtime tour run by Seb Crawford from UTS’s dedicated Sustainability team.
The hour-long tour takes in key sustainability features in the buildings surrounding Alumni Green, including the waste dehydrator in the basement of Building 10 (recently inspected with great interest by the Governor-General, no less!) that turns our food scraps into valuable soil conditioner in just three days.
Other stops on the sustainability tour include Building 10’s cycling hub and Building 7’s (Vicki Sara Science Building) lushly planted green roof terrace (off limits to all but very special people!). Seb will also fill you in on exciting initiatives such as a recycled water partnership between UTS and Central Park, and the kick-start we’re giving to a new solar farm in regional NSW.
Bookings: Email Seb.Crawford@uts.edu.au to grab a spot on one of the upcoming sustainability tours:
- Monday 29 April – 1:00–2:00pm
- Friday 24 May – 12:00–1:00pm
Hot tip: Subscribe to the e-newsletter UTS Sustainability News to hear about the latest sustainability news and events on campus.
Great name but what is UTS ProtoSpace? The official description of this boundary-pushing recent addition to the UTS campus explains that it’s an advanced manufacturing facility. In everyday terms, the lab offers the UTS community and industry partners access to a wide range of advanced 3D technologies.
Tucked away underground on level 1 of Building 7 (Vicki Sara Science Building), the 900m2 ProtoSpace was designed specifically for cross-faculty use mostly by Engineering and IT, Science, and DAB – although its facilities are available to all UTS staff and students with additive manufacturing-related projects or a need for rapid prototyping.
It’s seriously cool and if you are fascinated by high-end tech or you just want a peek at the future, this is the tour for you.
Bookings: Currently, tours for UTS students and staff run on the second and fourth Friday of the month at 3:00pm. Please email email@example.com to register your interest.
Hot tip: On your tour, ask to see the tiny UTS Towers made by one of the 3D printers in the ProtoSpace.
State of the art
Our friends at UTS ART love nothing more than showing off UTS’s fascinating cultural offering, with two types of tours to choose from.
- Indigenous art from the UTS Art Collection and the Waraburra Nura garden: This two-for-one experience will introduce you to Indigenous artistic practice from across Australia as well as to native plants that have sustained local Aboriginal communities for generations. Enjoy a guided tour of the contemporary Indigenous art on display on level 6 of the UTS Tower, before the tour heads outside to the Indigenous plant garden, Waraburra Nura.
- Highlights of the UTS Art Collection: Do you love the art on display around the campus and want to know more? This tour will give you a deeper insight into the artworks in the UTS Art Collection, which include paintings, photography, sculpture, public art and working models based on Leonardo Da Vinci's engineering designs.
Bookings: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the next available tours.
Hot tip: If art’s your thing, the UTS Gallery hosts exhibition curator’s talks, audio tours and other interpretative events for each of its four annual exhibitions. Find out what’s coming up.
Data Arena spectacular
If you haven’t already booked in for a demonstration of this 360-degree interactive data visualisation facility, then do it now!
Located behind unassuming double doors in the Building 11 (Faculty of Engineering and IT Building) foyer, the Data Arena has a feel of an IMAX theatre about it, but infinitely more thrilling. Turn up for a demonstration and you’ll find yourself wearing stereo-visual-effect glasses and surrounded by a large cylindrical screen, four metres high and ten metres in diameter. Around you, a seamless three-dimensional panorama unfolds, driven by a high-performance computer graphics system allied to six 3D-stereo video projectors.
As well as dazzling visitors, this immersive facility has a very real purpose – to make sense of complex data by transforming it into a new visual representation, often displayed in 3D stereo. This makes it easier for researchers to identify patterns and anomalies. Identifying biological markers in childhood cancer patients, tracking bacteria and an architectural walk-through of the new UTS Central Building are just a few of its applications to date.
Bookings: Register online for a 30-minute public demonstration, held every Thursday lunchtime from 12:00–1:00pm. Bookings for specific groups or companies at other times can be arranged by emailing email@example.com.
Hot tip: A demonstration of the Data Arena can be disorientating so take care when moving around.