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Students week to turn CF parking lot into plaza

May 25, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — The city that is just one square mile in size is attracting some big thinkers.

This summer, 30 students from the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, as well as the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, will be embarking on a joint project to transform an empty lot on Dexter Street into an attractively landscaped plaza.

The project, scheduled to start June 8, is being spearheaded by the DESINE Lab at RISD and a similar venture called PEI of the Javeriana University in Bogota. According to Elizabeth Dean Hermann, a professor of landscape architecture at RISD and founder of the DESINE Lab, the plaza project will be 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.

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