Our vision

DownCity Design is a community organization working to build a city of problem solvers. We empower students, educators, and community members to use design skills to improve the places where they live, work, and play. 

DownCity Design was founded in 2009 by Adrienne Gagnon and Manuel Cordero, with the mission of improving Providence by getting young people involved in designing and building solutions for their communities. 

Since our founding, DownCity Design has grown rapidly, transforming the lives of over 1200 youth who have participated in our programs so far.



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A plan for strategic growth and change