Urban Initiatives @ City Lab
A number of urban initiatives are promoted by City Lab to further its institutional aims in a variety of service-learning contexts. There are three main initiatives in progress in this realm:
2004-2005, Prof. Carrera inaugurated a series of studies entitled the
"Hometown Projects" to give students who are not participating in the
Global Perspectives Program a chance to carry out an IQP that will benefit
their home towns. It is hoped that the
local flavor of these projects will also engage faculty advisors who live in
these towns, so that both students and faculty can be equally motivated by the
desire to contribute to a place that holds personal significance to them. Initially, we have focused on towns around
Since 2003, Prof. Carrera (IGSD), Prof. Salazar (CEE) and John Miller, Director of Physical Plant and Associate Vice President for Administration have been promoting a series of Interactive Qualifying Projects to be carried out on campus to help WPI’s plant services migrate to an all-electronic management of information. Projects include e-buildings, e-grounds, e-safety and e-parking.
In 2003, Prof. Carrera initiated the first of a series of projects intended to document sounds that characterize cities from around the world. The first such project entitled “The Sounds of Venice” was completed in the summer of 2003 and it encompassed the identification, recording and documentation of over 150 indigenous Venetian sounds.
The goal is to make available the sounds to interested scholars, artists and sound professionals and to invite musicians to create original compositions that will incorporate these sounds into original scores. The overall aim is to eventually collect and disseminate sounds from all of the cities where WPI operates project centers.
This multi-year interdisciplinary initiative will provide many opportunities for WPI students to complete their Sufficiencies, IQPs, MQPs, as well as ISPs both on and off campus.