Broad Street Synagogue

Congratulations! Danielle Herzenberg, a graduating student in the MIA class of 2012, was featured in an interview in the Jewish Voice & Herald, describing the abandoned Broad Street Synagogue. It is a beautiful building rich with history, and Danielle is studying the building for her final thesis project this year.

(Photo: Jewish Voice & Herald)

Read the article here!


Urban Exploration

Abandoned coal mine complex - Chile

Urban exploration is the act of exploring spaces not intended for public use, such as abandoned buildings and city infrastructure. Though dangerous and fundamentally considered by many to be ‘illegal’, it is nonetheless a fascinating and thrilling activity, especially for the adventurous one who appreciates architecture, urban decay, and good old-fashioned exploration. It is also very much related to interior architecture and adaptive reuse, with many spaces no longer being used for their original intent, and having potential for adaptive reuse. Urban explorers encounter all kinds of these amazing and fascinating spaces that normally have no opportunity to be seen. Luckily, for those of us that aren’t dedicated urban explorers, we can enjoy these spaces vicariously through the photos and documentation provided by these brave and daring people.

There are now numerous on-line communities and resources dedicated to urban exploration. One in particular though is called Infiltration. It was started by Ninjalicious, a legendary man within the urban exploration community. He originally began it as a magazine, which now includes an accompanying website and he has even published a book. The website is comprehensive, including exploration documentation, discussion of its theory, and links to other resources. Enjoy!


Weybosset Facade

There’s a new banner on the iconic Providence National Bank facade! What’s going on you ask? Here’s the scoop…

Located just down the street from our CIT building on Weybosset St. in downtown Providence, this facade was supposed to be incorporated into a new building being developed on the site. However, the building was never erected due to the real-estate crash, and so the facade has been idly awaiting its future for six years now. The facade will be made weather-tight, (allowing for incorporation into future development) and the large, supporting steel structures that currently occupy the sidewalk will be relocated to the rear, freeing the sidewalk for repair and pedestrian use once again. Great news!

Source: City of Providence, RI

Read the extended press-release here

Adaptive Reuse

Here is an example of a great new adaptive reuse project, in true Canadian spirit: in downtown Toronto, the iconic Maple Leaf Gardens, previously home to the city’s hockey team for 68 years, reopened today after sitting unused for over 10 years. As a designated heritage building with great sentimental value, its transformation was a long and complicated process with many twists and turns. It has now become a flagship location for a national supermarket chain and an athletic facility for the nearby Ryerson University, while retaining elements and tokens of its original use. 

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(Photos- The Toronto Star)

Read the whole article here:–customers-lined-up-as-loblaw-opens-upscale-gardens-store?bn=1

Visiting Guest Lecturer!

Portuguese Architect João Santa-Rita will be giving a lecture at the Chase Center on December 1st! Among many projects, he will unveil the adaptive reuse of the XVI century Palace Casa dos Bicos for the headquarters of Nobel Prize winner José Saramago Foundation, opening in Lisbon in the Spring 2012.

João Santa-Rita graduated in architecture from the School of Fine Arts of Lisbon (1983).  In 1990 he founded the Atelier Santa-Rita Arquitectos in 1990, together with José D. Santa-Rita.

Since 1996 he has lectured and taught in many academic institutions such as Universidade Lusofona; Universidade Moderna Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon; and was a Visiting professor – SCALA – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Since 1998 he has been teaching as a Visiting Professor at Autonoma University.

João Santa-Rita participated in individual exhibitions such as the Triennale Di Milano (1996), and was selected in the International Competition of Ideas, Citta terzo millenio, to be integrated in the Catalogue of the Biennale Di Venezia 2000.

In 2010 he participated in an Exhibition of architectural drawings, at La Galerie D´Architecture, in Paris (France), which included drawings of Aldo Rossi, Alvaro Siza, CODA, Edouard François, Le Corbusier, and Renzo Piano among others.

Santa-Rita Arquitectos work was awarded in several international competitions such as the Honourable Mention on the International Competition for the Revitalization of the Ulugh Beg Center in Samarkand (former USSR) and the first place in the International Competition for the Urban Plan for Almada Nascente in association with Richard Rogers Partnership and Atkins.

Come check it out!

In the ProJo!

In the ProJo!

INTAR’s 2 year M.Des students featured in the Providence Journal!

The work of Professor Liliane Wong’s students was featured in the Providence Journal. The students designed specialty furniture pieces for a homeless shelter in Woonsocket, RI, as part of their studio class.


Hello INTAR followers,

As a big fan of urban decay and adaptive re-use, I would like share some of my favorite inspirations with you, the INTAR community. To begin, the abandoned portions of the NYC subway system are a personal favorite. The system is over 100 years old, originally built by three competing companies, and is the lifeline of the city. Naturally, with that much history, it’s full of beautiful, fascinating abandoned segments.

This website does a very good job of documenting all of the abandoned portions, and provides a very detailed history of the use and lifetime of each individual abandoned segment. It’s fantastic.