Urban Studies in the News

Professor Dietrich Neumann and Students Launch New iPhone App, Brown FACADES

The new iPhone App, Brown FACADES, is an interactive guide to the architectural history of the Brown University Campus.  The App has information about 130 buildings on Brown's Campus, including some 'ghost buildings' that either are not there anymore, or were meant to be built but never were. A text to speech function lets you listen to the text while you look at the building (please wait for 2 seconds for it to begin). The texts were written by the students, all buildings were photographed for this project by Hassan Bagheri, there are many historic photographs from the Brown University Archives, the App design was done by Gokce Kinayoglu, editor in chief: Siri Olson, project director: Dietrich Neumann

Brown’s Campus is a microcosm of American architecture with excellent examples from all periods of its 250 year history. At the same time, its architecture and art, its public and intimate spaces help to tell the rich story of our unique institution, our students, faculty, staff and administrators. The work on this App began with an undergraduate research seminar in the history of architecture in the fall of 2011. Every week the students met in a different space on campus to discuss research methods, review individual entries and conduct a site visit. All entries were written by the students and then edited by Siri Olson and Dietrich Neumann. We hope to continue to develop the App and hope for feedback from students and alumni to add more “Facts About Campus Architecture Design Environment and Spaces.

It can be downloaded from the App Store for FREE here.

Additional information can be found on the Facebook page here.



Urban design studio explores possibilities for former Route 195 land

Providence Journal featured Dietrich Neumann's fall 2012 studio seminar, co-taught with Friedrich St. Florian of RISD and Ed Mitchell of Yale, on its front page (May 7, 2013).  Teams of Brown and RISD students enrolled in "Land Use Planning: The I-195 Parcels" (URBN 1900) designed new uses for the downtown land left vacant by the dismantling and moving of the interstate highway.  Their models were the subject of a catalog and exhibited to the public.  The class and the publication were fully sponsored by Urban Studies.

Read the full story here.

Samuel Cohen from Dietrich Neumann's Land Use Planning course (URBN 1900), Fall 2012Samuel Cohen from Dietrich Neumann's Land Use Planning course (URBN 1900), Fall 2012

Students from Dietrich Neumann's Land Use Planning course (URBN 1900), Fall 2012Students from Dietrich Neumann's Land Use Planning course (URBN 1900), Fall 2012