Seniors in Urban Studies who do not write a thesis have a range of other capstone options. For example, in fall '09-spring '10 two seniors made a video on the homeless tent cities in Providence. Theresa O'Neill '10 and Corliss Gross '10 built on their summer UTRA experience to make a film together during their senior year. Their capstone project is called "Displaced" (password: displaced2). It tells the poignant story of homeless Rhode Islanders relocated after the demolition of the Welcome Arnold shelter in 2007 and again after the dismantling of two tent cities in 2009.
Theresa now works for a prefab green homebuilder called Blu Homes in
Waltham, MA (see www.bluhomes.com). She considers it the future of the
housing industry, striving for better design, faster construction, and
higher quality homes.
Designing a community program or producing a work of art under academic supervision might also serve as capstone projects. Most frequently concentrators write a seminar paper for their capstone project. Seniors should declare what their capstone will be by the beginning of their last semester.
Alex Lipinsky '13
After graduation, Alex will be starting an urban farm in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. One third of the city's land is currently vacant, and urban agriculture has appeared as a productive way for residents to clean up their neighborhoods. The city of Youngstown has invested $25,000 in a feasibility study for an urban farm. Unfortunately, the legality of urban agriculture is still a gray area. This is the case in many cities across the country today. Detroit has leased its parks for food production, but until March 2013, food production was also illegal within the Detroit city limits. Alex's capstone project is a study of urban agriculture projects that have started up across the country. It examines how cities have responded to these initiatives, and how policy, especially zoning, has affected urban agriculture projects in shrinking cities.