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Students revamp CF plaza

July 15, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — A joint project by students from the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia to transform an ugly vacant lot on Dexter Street into an attractively landscaped public plaza and park is finished.

To celebrate the completion of the six-week project, a finale party, or “Party at the Plaza,” is slated to be held tonight at 6 at 741 Dexter St. The event will include live music, food, screen printing, a photo booth and a plaza-naming contest.

The project, which began early last month, was spearheaded by the DESINE Lab at RISD and a similar venture called PEI at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota.

According to Dr. Elizabeth Dean Hermann, a professor of landscape architecture at RISD and founder of the DESINE Lab, the plaza project is the first of what is anticipated to be a long-range commitment between these two universities to build needed structures and other public projects that will improve the financially-challenged city, which borders Pawtucket.

Full story appears on page A1 of Wednesday's Times.


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