Year of the Urbanscape
Celebrations and Challenges
Throughout the year, we will present a variety of academic coursework and community-based programs around four general themes which both celebrate and address challenges for the city: Place, People, Workplace, and Living Space.
These themes will be woven through the Urban Arts and Culture multimedia exhibits, courses and internships, community forums, and fun events to engage students, faculty and staff. We also plan to launch an Urban Studies minor with an innovative technology-based curriculum.
The Year of the Urbanscape is designed to:
- Enhance knowledge and awareness of urban issues among the URI community: current status of urban areas, locally and globally; successes to be celebrated; challenges to be addressed.
- Empower students and faculty to engage in improving the urban condition: structural / systemic-level analyses; economic, political, and sociocultural influences; community planning and impacts; and how to make a difference as an individual.
- Engage the University with its urban surrounds: promote connections between campus and community through scholarship and service.
- Increase visibility and stature of the University and its urban campus.