The Providence Arcade: A Historical Catalogue

+ Creative Direction
+ Information Design
+ Graphic Design
+ Multimedia
+ Risograph
+ Laser Cutting
+ Construction

    Cameron Astles ︎︎︎
    Wayne Luan ︎︎︎
11-2021 | Design Studio III

Advised by Hammett Nurosi at Rhode Island School of Design.

The Providence Arcade is one of the oldest enclosed shopping malls in the US. Built in 1828, it has been a landmark of the city’s urban fabric and an emblem of its historical and cultural identity. Over the years, the arcade has undergone several renovations and changes of ownership, reflecting the city’s shifting economic and cultural conditions. Today, the arcade continues to be a symbol of the city’s resilience and adaptability, a testament to the power of community engagement and preservation. Its layered history and cultural significance make it an essential part of the city’s identity, and a fascinating subject for exploration and discovery.

My collaborators and I visited the building, observed/recorded its physical and visceral qualities, interviewed small businesses in the place, and gathered records from The Rhode Island Historical Society.

This large meta-map, or historical catalogue, unfolds into two different sides with many pop-ups, pull-outs, and pockets containing the layers of history and information that come with the Providence Arcade.

For this historical catalogue, we hope to at once expand and flatten the many historical, social, ephemeral, and physical layers of history embedded within the building known as The Arcade. This piece will help the community connect to a space which seems often overlooked and misunderstood.

Public Historical Records

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