CityWorks is a participatory design studio that brings community members together to shape public space. Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), we invite community members to submit a proposal for the design and fabrication of a new public design project along the downtown Providence Riverwalk.

Our 2019 CityWorks Fellows are seeking project proposals for Imagine Us Here: Cultivating Public Space for Community Resilience. We welcome proposals for projects that explore community resilience in the face of climate change, with the goal of creating an enriched place near the edge of the Providence River that brings people together in the face of climate change.

Please read the full Request for Proposals for more information, site constraints and proposal requirements.

We have collected all of the questions we've received in response to this RFP, along with our responses, in the FAQ document linked below. 



CityWorks is led by Manuel Cordero Alvarado and Bryce DuBois.

Manuel, co-founder of DownCity Design, currently works as a School Construction Planner for the RI Department of Education and as an adjunct professor in the RISD Architecture Department.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Manuel received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and earned a Master’s of Architecture degree from the UC Berkeley. He is a licensed architect in Rhode Island, with several years of experience in large-scale institutional projects, with a focus on educational and community planning projects. Manuel is an active member of the Providence community, and is passionate about broadening participation in shaping the built environment.

Bryce is a lecturer in the RISD Liberal Arts Department and a public parks consultant researcher. Raised in the Berkshires, Bryce earned a PhD in Environmental Psychology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York and received postdoctoral training in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. He has several years of experience designing collaborative interdisciplinary research projects on social/cultural use and meaning of urban parks, with an emphasis on resilience and climate adaptation. Active with many organizations and communities in the greater Providence region, Bryce cares deeply about supporting communities to create democratic and resilient public places. 

Manuel Cordero Alvarado

Manuel Cordero Alvarado

Bryce DuBois

Bryce DuBois


2018-2019 Fellows

Brant Gawrys

Jessica Jennings

Katie Murphy

C.J. Opperthauser

Susan Parsons

Sagree Sharma

Ania Szemiot

Isabelle Yisak

Devon Artis White

Virginia Badgett

Jazandra Barros

Jerry Batista

Kristina Brown

William Cornwall

Joshua Coroa

Kaitlin DeGregorio

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