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Building for the Future | Episode 27 Historic Architectural Elements

Standout Historical Features

There are many historical features that make the WaterFire Arts Center unique. When the building was owned by the US Rubber company it had different needs than it does today. Those needs demanded solutions that we no longer commonly see today. But those original provisions make the WFAC unique.

The WFAC has a great number of large windows. This allowed the maximum amount of natural sunlight to enter the building, and minimize the amount of electrical light needed to function in a time when electricity and electric lighting were much more expensive than today.

The large scrolling doors were tall enough to allow full-size locomotives to enter the space and unload cargoes of rubber, and deliver finished product out.

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Building for the Future Episode 26 | Electrical

Electrical Systems Make Us Glow! Nothing can compare to our bonfires on the rivers of Providence. But our electrical systems make the WaterFire Arts Center a stunning place to be! Supplementing our natural light, mandatory during the night, our lighting fixtures were chosen to be appropriate to the age and industrial history of our… Read More »Building for the Future Episode 26 | Electrical

Building for the Future Episode 22 | Three Dimensional Modeling

Providence local DBVW Architects used three-dimensional computer models to help them design the WaterFire Arts Center. By relying on laser scans of the preexisting building to generate a super accurate and detailed model, interventions and modifications were laid out in an explorable, modifiable environment that eased coordination between ourselves, DBVW,… Read More »Building for the Future Episode 22 | Three Dimensional Modeling

The Art of Placemaking Conference

The Art of Placemaking Conference focuses on impacts Placemakers, artists, urban planners, community developers and researchers meeting to discuss impacts of using art to build and transform community. WaterFire Providence announces The Art of Placemaking Conference will take place November 7 and 8 at the Omni Hotel in Providence, RI. Leading… Read More »The Art of Placemaking Conference

We need your help to meet this Business Unusual Challenge!

I’ll cut right to the chase. We need your help! Earlier this week we were excited to learn that we are a semifinalist in the ArtsFwd 2013 Business Unusual National Challenge. In order to advance to the final round, we need you to visit their website and vote for WaterFire Providence.… Read More »We need your help to meet this Business Unusual Challenge!