Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles
Guiding principles were developed by the Steering Committee to evaluate master plan options, provide a set of core values
for master plan projects moving forward, and guide the modification of the master plan in the future.

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adapt

Adaptable + Shared
RISD will support academic and research excellence through the development of adaptable, high-performance “long-life” spaces across the campus. New types of space and new ways of using and managing space will be created to encourage development of shared resources and interdisciplinary activities.

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sense

A Sense of Place
RISD will promote creative exchange internally and externally with high-visibility, open and shared environments. Spaces at street level will be occupied by public-facing dynamic programs as well as student and faculty work whenever possible.

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effective

Effective + Intentional
RISD will advance the campus, over time, in an intentional way. This will include identifying potential affinities leading to productive adjacencies and new models for collaboration and efficiency.

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communal

Communal + Socially Engaged
RISD will support a community of active and engaged artists, designers and scholars. The physical campus environment will support students and faculty coming together at a variety of scales, across a range of activities including academic work, co-curricular activities and student organizations.

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healthy

Healthy, Safe + Accessible
RISD will provide healthy, safe accessible environments for all community members,across all space types.

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sustainable

Sustainable + Historic
RISD will be a good steward of its historic fabric and carefully use its campus resources.