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Rhode Island School of Design

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Founded in 1877, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) at Providence, Rhode Island, is one of the most prestigious university institutes of fine arts and design in the USA. Along with Brown University, the campus’s late 19th- and early 20th-Century historical buildings occupy a significant part of town. The austerity and rigor of the university’s architecture conceal an effervescent and lively social and academic life, one that is constantly renewed by an influx of new students.

As in Europe, mirroring a different approach to upper-level education, in the US the public image of universities has been changing in recent years. The authoritativeness and severity of the oldest university campuses reflected the status of the few privileged to enter; today, ground-breaking and appealing architecture is part of a competitive strategy to attract...

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