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A roundup of ideas and projects from around the Institute

Week of October 11, 2021

The BlueBlock Gardens on the industrial coastal edge of Red Hook will be offering tours this weekend as part of Open House New York. The project is a partnership between the Resilience Education Training and Innovation Center (RETI) and thread collective, an urban design firm that includes School of Architecture faculty members Gita Nandan and Elliott Maltby.

Fashion design and industrial design faculty member Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman was featured on Core77’s list of “20 Woman-led Industrial Design & Innovation Firms You Should Know.”

The American College Health Foundation (ACHF) Emotional Well-Being survey has been sent to the inboxes of Pratt staff, students, and faculty. The survey invites the Pratt community to share how they are faring so the Institute can better serve their needs. For questions contact The survey closes on Friday, October 29.

Places Journal featured an essay adapted from Greta Magnusson Grossman: Modern Design from Sweden to California by Dean of the School of Architecture Harriet Harriss and Naomi House being published this fall. The article highlights the largely overlooked work of designer Greta Magnusson Grossman whose “willingness to embrace modernity in all its guises is evident in her life choices as well as in the objects and spaces that she designed.”

On Monday, October 18, at 2 PM EST, the Pratt community is invited to join an outdoor yoga gathering on the Brooklyn campus. Find details on how to register for the free event.

For a studio led by Alexandra Barker, architecture students Ekta Patel and Katie Gaines designed “Compositional Enfilade,” a project for Brooklyn’s Wallabout Channel inspired by still life artworks and incorporating a range of facilities such as a spa and nightclub within a waste-to-energy plant and recycling center. See more @prattsoa.

For the October issue of Artforum, Raque Ford, BFA Fine Arts (Painting) ’10, shared a top ten list of places, people, apps, music, books, and artwork. The article coincides with Ford’s inclusion in Greater New York at MoMA PS1 which also features alumni Marilyn Nance, BFA Communications Design ’76, and Raha Raissnia, MFA Fine Arts (Painting) ’02.

On Tuesday, October 19, at 6:30 PM EST, Pratt Presents Little Island: An Online Panel Discussion will explore what makes Little Island unique, the collaborative design process that went into its creation, and the role of public green space in general—a conversation at the heart of Pratt’s new Masters in Landscape Architecture program. The panel of experts includes Mat Cash of Heatherwick Studio; Robert Hammond, co-founder and executive director of the High Line; Signe Nielsen of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects and Pratt’s School of Architecture; and Trish Santini, executive director of Little Island. It is moderated by Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times. Register online.

This fall, historic preservation students are working with the Alice Austen House Museum on Staten Island. They are exploring key elements of the former home of photographer Alice Austen who challenged social norms and behavior for women, with their work examining the home’s location and community to prepare programmatic and design recommendations. Read more @prattpreservation.

This Tuesday at 6 PM EST, Pratt Fashion is welcoming author Fiona Dieffenbacher for a discussion about the new edition of her book Fashion Thinking: Creative Approaches to the Design Process. Dieffenbacher will moderate a panel with designers Haoran Li and Siying Qu, Camila Chiriboga, and Gabi Asfour and Adi Gil. Register here.

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