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Slideshow: Future Architects Put Market Theory into Practice

November 12, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – An elevated walkway with sweeping river views, a rooftop grapevine trellis whose arbor shades outdoor areas, and an open wood-frame structure evocative of barns are just some of the creative design elements conceived by architecture students last spring for a potential food hub and events space in Providence.

In a graduate-level urban design studio that doubled as a real client project via the Community Partnerships Center, a dozen future architects helped the Providence Food Market Steering Committee determine a vision for an indoor-outdoor market reminiscent of a Parisian street scene. Led by Anthony Piermarini – a principal at Studio Luz Architecture – the students evaluated properties around Providence and dreamt up grand (and innovatively small-scale) designs based on the committee’s desire for a market space for local farmers and fishermen to sell their catch, where chefs can offer cooking demonstrations, and provide a destination for neighbors to meet up and listen to live music.

President's Distinguished Speakers Series: Lawrence Lessig

In a conversation titled "Equal Citizens," preeminent scholar, attorney and activist Lawrence Lessig will explore the issue of political funding and its effect on equality in America.  

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He is an expert on intellectual property and Internet policy, and a watchdog on government corruption. He’s also an acclaimed free thinker and visionary, and one of the more captivating voices in America today.

In this presentation, Professor Lessig will discuss how political campaign funding has fundamentally distorted the commitment to equality instilled by our framers more than two centuries ago.

A book signing will immediately follow the event.

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call 401-254-3166.

RWU students will receive a 1/3 merit lottery point for attending this event.

Photo credit: Yanai Yechiel

CPC Plan to Transform Abandoned Pawtucket / Central Falls Mill Earns APA-RI Award

December 11, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) will award a group of 30 Roger Williams University students (some now recent alumni) and three faculty members for their success in creating a comprehensive redevelopment plan for an abandoned manufacturing property, the former site of The Conant Thread Company and Coats & Clark Mill Complex located on the border of Pawtucket and Central Falls. Through the Community Partnerships Center, business, architecture and historic preservation students worked together with Commerce RI, the Pawtucket Foundation and the two cities to produce a plan aimed at preserving and revitalizing the mill site, an area that has been vacant since 1964.

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Student Research Digs Up Dirt on Newport’s Pre-Revolution Historic Properties

December 9, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Murder, bankruptcies, 18th century interracial marriages – not the standard fare a group of RWU historic preservation students expected to uncover in their recent field research of Colonial Era buildings in Newport. Yet they were as enthused as they were stunned to discover such tales.

“These kinds of finds opened eyes in many ways to the lives of these buildings,” says School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation adjunct professor Catherine Zipf. “These are Colonial buildings – they predate the Revolution. We observe and think about how they are today, and how they began, but we don’t think about the almost 200 years in between.”

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Turkey Basket Judging

Judging for the Feinstein Center's annual Turkey Basket competition begins promptly at 4 p.m. and snacks will be provided to spread the holiday spirit. The contest helps those less fortunate in our community by providing Bristol/Warren families with complete holiday meals. All baskets will be donated to the East Bay Food Pantry, which has over 2,000 clients and is constantly growing. Prizes will awarded to the baskets based on: Quality, Quantity, & Creativity. All winners will receive a $75 restaurant gift card.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Join the Student Veterans Alliance, Military and Veterans Law Association, Cramer's Saber Battalion ROTC cadets and President Donald Farish in honoring our veterans with a ceremony in front of the Administration Building. Please join us in honoring those within our community who have served. The ceremony will include remarks by Dr. Farish, invocation by the Reverend Nancy Soukup, a performance by student group Drastic Measures, and serving as master of ceremonies will be Kevin Hayden, Director of Study Abroad Programs. Guest speaker will be Jennifer Conole, RWU Career Advisor. Conole, an NROTC graduate from Holy Cross, is a US Navy veteran and has subsequently worked as a civilian with the US Coast Guard before joining the University. For more information, contact Scott Yonan at or 401-254-3389.

In the event of inclement weather, the cermeony will be held inisde the Global Heritage Hall Atrium.

Hope Blooms at Student-Designed Community Garden

October 27, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – More than 100 people from the Bristol and Roger Williams University communities came together on Oct. 24 for the official unveiling of the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation Garden of Hope at the new Bristol Community Center. It was a bit of a bittersweet celebration as the garden opened to the public for the first time on what would have been Bristol resident Laurie Cordeiro’s 53rd birthday. Cordeiro, who was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in 2009, conceived the garden as a place of reflection and meditation for those affected by the disease that would eventually take her life.

The event, which hosted the Hope Bus and an art exhibit featuring Rhode Island artist Mary Jane Begin’s journey through breast cancer, brought both laughter and tears to the crowd, which wandered the garden in awe. It is a hopeful addition to the East Bay, advocates noted, which has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in Rhode Island.

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Homecoming & Family Weekend to Feature Fun, Friends

October 21, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Whether you’re a dedicated Hawk who never leaves campus or an alumnus/a seeking to reconnect with old friends, get ready to turn up your blue and gold at Homecoming and Family Weekend! The celebration that conjures RWU pride in students, alumni, families and faculty/staff alike will take place from October 24 to 26. 

Finding something fun to do this weekend won’t be hard – with a jam-packed schedule of lively events, there’s something for everyone. Get in the Hawk frame of mind by supporting winter sports teams at the Midnight Madness pep rally, or by attending any number of games and matches happening on campus. Alumni can revisit their college sports days by playing in the Alumni Softball Game or registering for the Homecoming 5K Race, which is also open to all students, families, and faculty. Families can get to know the area better with tours of campus and of scenic Bristol, and by noshing on candy apples at Autumn Fest on the Commons Quad. Special musical and comedic performances will also be an option for entertainment.

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SAAHP Presentations – Mutual Influence: Pecha Kucha

Presentations by SAAHP Faculty, Staff & Students

SAAHP Exhibition – KPF: Architecture for the Public

November 5 – 25, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (M-F)

Kohn Pederson Fox, New York

Inset: Jing an Kerry Centre, Shanghai; Image courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox