SouthLight Team Breaks Ground!!!

By Rahul Ghera | Jun 27, 2016

Our SouthLight Team broke ground on Thursday, June 23, after a year long collaboration with the City of Providence, Southside Cultural Center, Art Place America, visiting professor Elettra Bordonaro, assistant professor Aaron Forrest and RISD’s Architecture and Landscape Architecture Student designers. This is an extremely exciting moment for the community of Upper South Providence, as SouthLight will be a new resource dedicated for community use.

We are building the first outdoor performance space in Providence’s South Side neighborhood! As the most diverse neighborhood in Providence, cultural groups and local performances by residents for the community forms a huge part of neighborhood life. With our outdoor performance venue surrounded by urban lawn, community activities will have a place to expand and contribute to the street life, while contributing to greater neighborhood safety in the long term.

Exterior Render, courtesy of Praxiteles Lykos

Exterior Render, courtesy of Praxiteles Lykos

Concrete Foundation POURED!

Concrete Foundation POURED!

Fey Bei, Sarp Arditi & Geneveive Marsh DIGGING

Fey Bei, Sarp Arditi & Geneveive Marsh DIGGING!

Jim Barnes, Aaron Forrest & Victoria Barnes in CONVERSATION!

Jim Barnes, Aaron Forrest & Victoria Barnes in CONVERSATION!



+ 1,200 square foot outdoor performance venue
+ Lightweight steel frame and translucent polycarbonate facade
+ Every side of the pavilion can open entirely for flexible layouts
+ Equipped with seating, lighting, and black box theater elements, ready for performing arts and private events


+ Tree shaded lawn adjacent to the pavilion
+ The lawn will be framed by landscaping coordinated to all seasons.
+ We strive to use low maintenance local species.
+ The design will help mediate stormwater runoff and reduce heat island effect.


At the Southside Cultural Center’s parking lot:
393 Broad Street, Providence, RI, 02907.


+ SouthLight promotes sustainable design throughout the community
+ The pavilion will have 100% LED lights, to decrease energy use
+ A planned solar installation will offset the entire energy use of the pavilion and reduce energy costs for the SCC.
+ Improve the Cultural Center’s signage and update night lighting to make the SSCC attractive and safe at night.


+ facebook: SouthlightPVD
+ instagram: @southlightpvd


Faculty Leads
Laura Briggs
Aaron Forrest
Elettra Bordonaro

Faculty Advisors
Sina Almassi
Jonathan Knowles
David Dilks
James Dean
Yasmin Vobis
Jim Barnes
Brett Schneider
Wilbur Yoder

Advisors and Partners
Jake Buie
Kyle Lloyd, Shawmut

RISD Student Design-Build Team
Yin Fu
Sarp Arditi
Daniel Stone
Qi An
Genevieve Marsh
Rahul Ghera
Feiyi Bie
Natasha Ruiz
Xichen Que
William Gant

Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

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