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AS220’s Kennedy Plaza Portrait Project and Moving Gallery launch September 29


AS220 Photo Mem: Kennedy Plaza Portrait Project: September 29 – November 15, 2012

Artists’ Reception: September 29, 2012, 4-9 pm – Gallery at City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street, 2nd Floor

Mobile RIPTA Bus Gallery – on Washington St., September 29, 4-9pm

AS220, RIPTA, and Nail Communications have come together to produce “MOVING” – a fully functioning RIPTA bus that will serve as a mobile art gallery. Wrapped inside and out with black and white photographs, taken by students in the AS220 Youth program, of Rhode Islanders who use Kennedy Plaza in a myriad of different ways, the bus gallery will have a “non-moving” opening in Kennedy Plaza on September 29th from 4-9pm and will then hit the roads for the duration of the Fall, changing routes on a regular basis to bring the art project to the most people possible. The project is part of FirstWorks Festival: On the Plaza in 2012.

For the past three years, the AS220 Youth photography program called “Photo Mem” has spent six weeks each summer producing the Kennedy Plaza Portrait Project. The goal is to capture a cross section of Rhode Island citizens by photographing Black & White portraits and recording interviews of a small cross section of the tens of thousands of people who use Kennedy Plaza every day. The project also gives our Youth the opportunity to enhance their social skills (approaching people, communicating to them about the project, interviewing them), photography skills (taking a good photo, developing it) and design skills (hands-on experience working with Nail Communications on designing the bus), that they otherwise would not be able to take advantage of.

In addition to the bus, photos from years past will also be on display at the City Hall Gallery starting on September 29th.

See also: FirstWorks Festival in Kennedy Plaza, September 29


Six Providence Photographers Capture Removal of I-195

195-city-hall show

Photo © Paul Shelasky

A photography exhibit documenting the removal of Route 195 begins later this month at Providence City Hall.

Six Providence Photographers Capture Removal of I-195

I -195: A Photographic Excavation, an upcoming exhibit at Providence City Hall Gallery, July 26 – August 24th, presents the work of five Rhode Island and one Massachusetts photographer who documented the demolition and removal of I-195, from the initial DOT’s Gold Wrecking Ball event at India Point in November 2010, through the end of 2011. The exhibit captures the evolution of the project through images of twisted steel, broken concrete, massive machinery, and evolving cityscapes. Though each photographer found their way on top, underneath, and around the abandoned and new highways, their individual visions, techniques, and aesthetics offer viewers a multi-dimensional and artistic observation of demolition and revitalization. The collection of images, as a whole, documents the passage of time for the city of Providence encountering historical, urban change.

Erik Gould, Rhode Island,
Paul Shelasky, Rhode Island,
Warren Eve, Rhode Island,
Bill Benson, Rhode Island,
Paul Clancy, Massachusetts,
David Gong, Rhode Island

An opening reception will be held at the Second Floor Gallery at Providence City Hall on August 2, 2012 at 5pm.


2011 Ten Most Endangered Properties Photography Exhibit Opening Reception, November 17

Dynamo House (1912). Photo by Heidi Gumula.

2011 Ten Most Endangered Properties
Photography Exhibit Opening Reception

Free and open to the public!
Thursday, November 17 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Bayard Ewing Building
RISD Department of Architecture
231 South Main Street, Providence

Our annual Ten Most Endangered Properties Photography Exhibit offers new perspectives on irreplaceable Providence structures threatened by vandalism, arson, owner neglect, deferred maintenance, and insensitive development. Taken by some of the region’s premiere photographers, these images help us see our city’s threatened buildings anew, some by cataloging fascinating details, others by showing us scope and context. A remarkable collaboration of artistry and advocacy, the exhibit both documents our city’s unrivaled historic architecture and reminds all of us who care about this place that its protection demands our action.

The exhibit features photographs of the now-demolished Outlet Garage (1963) and the imperiled Grove Street School (1901) among other significant buildings. With photographers Kate Salvi, Stephanie Ewens, Deborah Hickey, Warren Jagger, Heidi Gumula, Frank Mullin, Michael Cevoli, Tim Hiebert, Jesse Burke, Traer Scott, Adam Hall, Jan Armor, and John Caserta.


News & Notes

Fast 14 project an exciting demonstration of American innovation [USDOT Fast Lane Blog]

The challenge was tremendous; last summer gaping holes opened up in bridges along the crucial I-93 corridor near Boston. It was clear that the superstructure–the concrete decking and steel beams–of the aging bridges was failing and had to be replaced. Unfortunately, with conventional techniques, closing lanes to replace the 14 structurally deficient bridges on this primary commuter artery would likely tie Boston-area traffic in painful knots for four long years.

The Massachusetts DOT design-build team proposed to cut that four years down to 14 weeks by prefabricating the superstructure pieces off-site then quickly fitting them into position. Rather than close lanes for the weeks it would take to fabricate a bridge’s superstructure on-site, lane closures could be limited to weekends when the pre-fab superstructure could be lowered into place. Preparatory work, they suggested, could be done in advance without disrupting the flow of traffic.

Why isn’t everyone doing this?

Transit systems face across-the-board cuts, diminished funding stream under House bill [Transportation for America]

The House proposal contains scant information about public transportation, but by most indications, non-highway projects would have more difficulty receiving funding and prioritization compared to current law.
The outline did not explicitly call for maintaining the historic 20 percent share of Highway Trust Fund dollars for public transportation, though both Chairman Mica and Committee staff indicated verbally at a press conference that the 80/20 ratio would be preserved, albeit as part of a much smaller share of total dollars. Though even with the 20 percent share intact, the overall 35 percent cut would result in steep fare hikes, service cuts, job losses or some combination thereof.

See also: Federal transportation program slated for 35 percent spending cut in House bill [Transportation for America]

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News & Notes

Rail Service Expansion Imperiled at State Level [The New York Times]

“Any notion that somehow rail is subsidized, and other modes of transportation aren’t, is simply not factual,” said Mr. Smith, the president Reconnecting America, a nonprofit transportation advocacy group, who noted that highways and airports were subsidized as well. “Honestly, transportation infrastructure should not be a partisan issue. When you talk about good transportation solutions, they cross party lines.”

The Rise of the Bus-Riding Celebrity? [GOOD]

A Massive Facelift for Eastern Germany [Spiegel Online]

During a trip to East Germany in 1990, photographer Stefan Koppelkamm discovered buildings that had survived both the war and the construction mania of the East German authorities. Ten years later, he returned to photograph the buildings again. The comparison threw up some unexpected contrasts.

Visit the Berlin Interactive Graphic and the Photo Gallery.

Vacant Fox Point industrial buildings put on the auction block [Providence Business News]

Former home of Bevo on South Main Street

Why All the Outrage Over Bike Boxes? [publicola]

Perhaps even more than “road diets,” which replace driving lanes with bike lanes and add a turn lane for cars, the bike boxes have brought out anti-bike, pro-car contingent, which argues that it’s unfair to make drivers wait for cyclists at red lights.

From the cyclist’s point of view, of course, this is an asinine argument. First, the primary point of bike boxes is to make cyclists more visible to drivers. When drivers hit cyclists|and yes, cyclists do frequently get hit in right-hook accidents by inattentive drivers|the inevitable refrain is, “I didn’t see her!” Bike boxes make drivers more likely to see us.

We suggested a Bike Box at the Point Street and South Water Street intersection where the Wickenden Street overpass used to be, when the street is rebuilt.

Rhode Island roads need $4.5 billion investment over next decade, report says [Providence Business News]


Gallery Night Bike (photo) Tour (June 17th)

you are invited...

From The Blog of the Rhode Island Photographic Survey:

Dear Wheelers, it has fallen to me to lead the second ever Providence Gallery Night bike tour. On this tour, in which we endeavor to cover the waterfront, and all within the brief span of two short hours we shall visit art galleries of great renown such as: Launch Gallery, Bert Gallery, Gallery Belleau and Peaceable Kingdom AND more.

We will also see such landmarks as the corner of Roger and Williams and the Narragansett Improvement Company, as well as numerous sites where such and such used to was. Will wonders never cease?

Well, probably eventually, but… Did I mention: you, you and your bike are invited? Because you are, and it will be much more fun for all of us if you join in.

There will be riding, yes and places to rest and refresh ourselves as well and the evening promises to be historic, folkloric and if so inclined, caloric.

Where do we start? At the Regency Plaza in downtown Providence. Where? you may well ask… here is a helpful google map. The tour will also conclude at this very same location.

When?: Thursday, June 17. Tour commences at 5:30 PM.
Bring your helmet if you have one, if you don’t, why don’t you?
Bring a camera too.
For a complete rundown of Gallery Night activity follow this linkage.


Reader Submissions:

November 1912. Central Falls, Rhode Island. View of privies, garbage dumps, etc., in back yards near Bed-bug Alley and High Street. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine for the Child Welfare Exhibit of 1912-13. via:

A reader sent me some links from a site I hadn’t heard of, describes itself as, “History in HD is a vintage photography blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.”

All of the photos on the site are interesting, and there are some from Rhode Island. Though these are not your typical photos of a hazy glorified yesteryear. In fact, most of these photos highlight child labor in the mills of Rhode Island around the turn of the last century. Something that we don’t look back on very often.


Pedestrian bridges of the world

As we are discussing the future Providence River Pedestrian Bridge, I thought it may be helpful to look at some existing pedestrian bridges aroung the world. Through the magic of Flikr, here are some:

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa

Photo (cc) nic221

The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge between Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa is a 3,000 foot cable-stayed span across the Missouri River. This differs from the Providence River in that it is engineered to cross the river in one jump (the longest span being 506 feet), and with a 52 foot clearance is designed to clear river traffic that the Providence River does not have. It’s S-curve is pretty sexy though.

Henderson Waves Singapore

Photo (cc) chooyutshing

Wikipedia describes the Henderson Waves Bridge in Singapore:

Henderson Waves 900 foot long pedestrian bridge. At 120 feet above Henderson Road, it is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. It connects Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. It was designed by IJP Corporation, London, and RSP Architects Planners and Engineers (PTE) ltd Singapore.

The bridge has a wave-form made up of seven undulating curved steel ribs that alternately rise over and under its deck. The curved ribs form alcoves that function as shelters with seats within. Slats of yellow balau wood, an all-weather timber found in Southeast Asia, are used in the decking. The wave-forms are lit with LED lamps at night from 7pm to 2am daily.

Passerelle Paul Couturier Lyon, France

Photo (cc) Basilio

Lyon, France’s Passerelle Paul Couturier originally built in 1853 and rebuilt after being destroyed in 1944 is an 87 meter span across the River Saône.

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