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Biking and walking on the Pell Bridge?

Biking and walking on the Pell Bridge?

Visitors to Crossing the Pell , a virtual reality (VR) installation, will have the unique opportunity to traverse the iconic Claiborne Pell Bridge on foot…

Saturday, Nov 19

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Visitors to Crossing the Pell , a virtual reality (VR) installation, will have the unique opportunity to traverse the iconic Claiborne Pell Bridge on foot or on bicycle and drink in breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay. The experience is made possible by the visionary work of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Interior Architecture students and faculty through a partnership with Bike Newport.

The interactive installation will be open to the public at the Old Colony House on Newport’s Washington Square on Saturday, December 3 from 10 am–5 pm and on Sunday, December 4 from 10 am–3 pm. Pre-registration for specified arrival times is encouraged, though not required. Please visit CrossingthePell.eventbrite.com .

Students studying exhibition design in RISD’s Interior Architecture program are using state-of-the-art technology to bring to life the designs developed in the Crossing the Pell studio. Visitors will pedal through four student design concepts on stationary bikes that respond to the riders’ movements, while a VR headset shows a structure that has been utterly transformed to feature people-powered access.

The projects were first developed in 2021 during the Crossing the Pell RISD Interior Architecture studio. Eight graduate students in Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture formed cross-disciplinary teams and developed stunning visions for adding a suspended lower level to the bridge that would allow for pedestrians and cyclists as well as arts venues, parks, cafes and even a floating fish market.

Professor Liliane Wong originally posed the design challenge to graduate students in a 2021 studio focused on adaptive reuse. “Proposing change […]

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