The development of greenspace in Providence has culminated in a present-day parks system that includes over 100 parks and playgrounds, but these sites have not developed in isolation. As the Providence parks system has grown and changed over time, the city has concurrently undergone processes of industrialization and deindustrialization. Our team seeks to understand the relationship between greenspace and industrial development and the impact of this relationship on socio-environmental succession in the city. As part of our ongoing research, we seek to address the following questions through a rigorous analysis of historical data on Providence greenspaces: 1) What types of land use precede and follow public greenspace over time?; 2) At what rate do greenspace sites enter and leave the Providence landscape?; 3) What socio-environmental implications do these dynamics have for neighborhoods and for the city? Our goals include: 1) Use historical sources to develop a comprehensive database of greenspace in 20th century Providence; 2) Locate and map all relevant sites; 3) Interpret data to determine the turnover rate of greenspace in Providence
Acosta, Kailani, Cole, Cassandra, Montieth, Lauren, et al.,
"Socio-environmental succession of Providence greenspace:
investigating historical trends in Providence parks and playgrounds
I-Team UTRAs: Interdisciplinary Team Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards, Summer Research Symposium.
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In 2014, the Office of the Dean of the College started a new faculty-initiated Interdisciplinary Team UTRA (I-Team UTRA) that supports group projects of one or more faculty and two to six students. Students in selected teams will receive a …
Each year, Brown University showcases the research of its undergraduates at the Summer Research Symposium. More than half of the student-researchers are UTRA recipients, while others receive funding from a variety of Brown-administered and national programs and fellowships and go …