Past Program

RISD in Rome: Sensing The City: Augmented Interaction with the City of Rome

Students transformed themselves into recording devices, able to experience the environment and simultaneously becoming physical representation of their surroundings. The course was organized into three main phases: Feel, Make and Sense.


Global Summer Studies
  • Rome, Italy
Summer 2017

Course Dates: Jun 16, 2017 — Jul 6, 2017

Open to RISD students, Brown University students, non-RISD students
Academic Credits
  • Industrial Design
Course Numbers
  • ID-1512

Includes tuition, accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Palazzetto Cenci: RISD in Rome

About this Travel Course

The first phase will be about "feeling the city" and the students will "flaneur" around Rome, self-reflecting on their perceptions and identifying interesting multi-sensorial elements. The second phase mostly focused on making, will teach students how to create wearable devices that, through the use of new technologies (sensors, Arduino boards, motors, servos, but not limited to those), will react to external stimulus and/or collect environmental data. The third and last phase will be about "sensing the city". Rome will provide the experimental context where students will test and perform their creations, walking through the city and letting their wearable devices responding to the crowd, the noise, the narrow streets, the light or anything else they will design them for.

This class supports an interdisciplinary approach to creativity and it welcome students from design, sculpture, new media, furniture, apparel and any other individual interested in the relation between the body and the space. The course will include a travel to Venice to visit the Art Biennial and a collaboration with a local Makerspace.

Student + Faculty Stories

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