"Providence seen through the eyes of Urban Studies faculty"
Tours begin and end at on George Street near the Main Green
Supported through the generosity of the Harriet David Goldberg '56 Fund
**Correction - Itohan Osayimwese's department is History of Art & Architecture not Anthropology
Tour #1 SOLD OUT
Friday, October 28, 2016 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Robert Azar, Visiting Associate Professor of Practice in Urban Studies
“Development Opportunities in Providence"
This tour will give an overview of exciting new projects on the drawing board or under construction in Downtown and many of Providence's neighborhoods. We'll also visit several sites, including I-195 surplus land that provide great opportunities for new development.
Tour #2 SOLD OUT
Friday, November 18, 2016 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Stefano Bloch, Presidential Diversity Fellow in Urban Studies
“Marking Space, Making Place: Graffiti, Street Art, and Murals in Providence”
This tour will visit three sites in Providence, looking at the community context for the painting of graffiti, street art, and murals.
Tour #3 SOLD OUT
Friday, December 9, 2016 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Professor Dietrich Neumann, Urban Studies and History of Art & Architecture
"Hard Hat Tour of South Street Landing Power Station"
The tour will focus on the South Street Landing Project, the spectacular restoration of the old South Street Power Station on the Providence River Front, consisting of approximately 265,000 square feet of academic and office space divided evenly between Brown University's Administrative Offices as well as the Nursing Education Center for Providence College and URI. We will be given an exclusive hard hat tour and behind the scenes look of the project which is slated to be complete by summer 2017 and discuss the adjacent developments, such as the 250 bed River House Student Housing Project and the 744 space parking garage. Wear sturdy shoes.
Friday, March 17, 2017 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (Rescheduled)
Assistant Professor Itohan Osayimwese, History of Art & Architecture
“Portable Providence: Mobile and Prefabricated Structures and the Spaces they Create”
Transient, portable, and prefabricated structures will be the subject of this tour. We will look at how our built environment has been shaped by these non-traditional structures that emerged in response to the new technologies, new economic processes, and new social conditions of the modern age.
Friday, March 24, 2017 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Associate Professor Samuel Zipp, Urban Studies and American Studies
“Urban Renewal in Providence”
This tour will visit several sites where modernist planners in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s looked to remake the Providence downtown and nearby neighborhoods, hoping to reclaim so-called “blighted” areas. We’ll consider the history of these places, their successes and failures, and how they work or don’t work today in a rejuvenating city.
Friday, April 7, 2017 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Professor Ken Wong, Urban Studies and Education
“Public Schools in Providence”
Public schools are situated in a larger physical, institutional, and socio-economic context. Providence's schools reflect the communities' diverse income, racial, ethnic cultural, and governing characteristics. This tour provides an opportunity to look at a small sample of public schools from a broader perspective.