Fields Point: A History of Fill, Industry, Recreation, and Infrastructure

Sat, May 5 10am-11:30am 

Save the Bay

Same as Meeting Point


‘Where is Fields Point? Oh yeah, off of Allen’s Avenue?’ ‘Is that where JWU is? Is Save the Bay there too?’ ‘What is going on down there anyway?’

Turns out there’s A LOT going on at Fields Point which is the stretch of coast that borders the Providence River as it opens up to Narragansett Bay. Starting with a fascinating history of fill and shoreline modification, it is currently the site of Providence Port, the Narragansett Bay Commission, the Johnson and Wales Bayside Campus, the Save the Bay facility, and more.

Although some of these uses may not be compatible with public use, there are also a couple of hidden public parks tucked away. Come learn about the history of the area – from its early history as a farm to its wartime use as a shipyard to the filling that shaped the shoreline we know today. Come learn about its current uses: did you know that one of the tallest structures in RI extends down to meet one of the State’s most expensive investments (the Combined Sewer Overflow)? And learn about its charged future as one of the most vulnerable areas to sea level rise in Providence.

WALK LEADER: Manuel Cordero

Manuel is an educator, architect, and advocate based in Providence. His interest in expanding the audience of architectural practice and discourse led him to found DownCity Design, a non-profit design organization dedicated to improving civic life while offering inquiry-based, experiential learning opportunities. He is an Adjunct Professor at RISD where his research and teaching has focused on urban resilience and infrastructure. Last year he taught as studio reimagining the shoreline along Allens Avenue and Fields Point to address public access, environmental remediation, and sea level rise. Manuel 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. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Manuel received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and earned a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley.