DownCity Design needs your help! Join us during our tree-planting sessions on

May 18, 19, and 25

We will be planting native tree species along the Riverwalk as part of Living Edge, a design/build project by Adam Anderson and facilitated by our CityWorks Fellows.

Volunteers will help us:


  • Dig tree pits

  • Install seating

  • Install seating

  • Move soil and mulch

  • Make the Riverwalk beautiful!


Located at a site along the eastern bank of the Providence River bordering South Water Street, Living Edge will create a tranquil gathering space while re-introducing some of the lost wildness of this site’s pre-industrial past and restoring native tree species and meadow to the water’s edge. We believe this place will invite reflection on the impacts of climate change, while sharing a vision of past and future that is restorative and hopeful.

CityWorks is a participatory design studio that brings community together to shape public space. This year’s CityWorks program invited local artists and makers to submit proposals for a temporary public design project along the downtown Providence Riverwalk that would explore themes of community resilience, climate change, and placebased history. We received a highly competitive group of thought provoking submissions in response to our Call for Proposals.   The 2018-19 winning proposal is Living Edge, by Adam E. Anderson of Design Under Sky.

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2018-2019 Fellows

Brant Gawrys

Jessica Jennings

Katie Murphy

C.J. Opperthauser

Susan Parsons

Sagree Sharma

Ania Szemiot

Isabelle Yisak

Kristina Brown

William Cornwall

Joshua Coroa

Kaitlin DeGregorio

Devon Artis White

Virginia Badgett

Jazandra Barros

Jerry Batista



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

Manuel Cordero

Bryce DuBois

Bryce DuBois


Thank you to our sponsors!