The Brown Design Workshop is a new learning space on campus designed to provide a collaborative and creative environment for project-based learning. Open to all of Brown and RISD, the space houses a new set of rapid prototyping equipment, allowing students the opportunity to bridge the gap between theory and practice by framing projects as a response to their own curiosities and interests, thus uniting classroom and experiential learning. Courses are being designed, and redesigned, to take advantage of these new capabilities. Workshops are being held for the whole campus, to introduce our students to these amazing new capabilities.
The Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, opened in May of 2019 at 1 Euclid Ave., is located right across the street from the Brown bookstore. The built-from-scratch, 10,000-square-foot building provides space for new student ventures, events, entrepreneurs-in-residence, visiting faculty and student organizations. Three floors of light-filled space are designed to be multipurpose, user-friendly and flexible in configuration. Tables, work spaces, couches, chairs — even the walls — can be moved as needed to create intimate meeting areas, co-working areas for student ventures or large lecture and event venues. Corkboards and glass whiteboards throughout the building are generally crowded with student brainstorms, equations and questions.