Pratt Earth Action Week
Student Work Exhibit | Fall ‘21

This collection of projects are drawn from across work being produced by students at the Institute during the Spring ’21 and Fall ‘21 semesters.

This collection of work demonstrates the depth and breadth of the work being produced around areas of sustainability. Work highlighted in this collection of student work highlights the themes of this semester’s Pratt Earth Action Week – Envision, Empower, Engage.


SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

House of Species

School of Architecture | Graduate Architecture • Students | Krithi Krishnan, Vineeta Mudunuri • Faculty | Jonas Coersmeier, Ariane Harrison, Erich Schoenenberger, Olivia Vien • With the proposition that our cities foster hostility towards other species, we explore the ethical stances of designing a shared space of cohabitation. At our project site, House 14 on […]


Infrastructure as Place: Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Community

School of Architecture | Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment • Student | Simon Betsalel • Faculty | David Burney, Signe Neilsen, John Shapiro • Infrastructure in America is in decline and there is an urgent need to address funding deficits, environmental injustices, and urban sustainability. The siloed world of infrastructure can be rethought […]


Human Centered Resilience: Managed Retreat 2100

School of Architecture | Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment • Students | Nana Acheapong, Braley Bullard, Britt Byrd, Shweta Iyer, Matt Ladd, Delaney Morris • Faculty | Courtney Knapp, Gita Nandan, Ron Shiffman • This project offers an experiential take on the topic of air pollution. The first part of the design is […]


Galvanizing Gowanus: A Policy and Process-based Study toward Net Zero CSO

School of Architecture | Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment • Students | Aishwarya Mukund • Faculty | Leonel Lima Ponce • This Spring 2021 SES Capstone project supports Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s goal of net-zero combined sewer overflow (CSO) into the canal. This project’s core concepts are to analyze the environmental impacts of increased […]


Urban Planning in the Anthropocene: A Case for Citywide Biodiversity Policy

School of Architecture | Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment • Student | Duane Martinez • Faculty | Eve Baron, Bethany Bingham • This project offers an experiential take on the topic of air pollution. The first part of the design is a personal air filter Working from a broad range of research, students […]


Rooting Resilience in Newburgh

School of Architecture | Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment • Students | Lama Al-Hammad, Megan Bednarz, Amron Lee, Ben Matusow, Joseph Roukos, Ethan Schwimmer, Carl Shumate • Faculty | Elliott Maltby, Gita Nandan • This project offers an experiential take on the topic of air pollution. The first part of the design is […]


Mechanical Waves

School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design Students | Rohan Saklecha, Si Chen Faculty | Gisela Baurmann • Mechanical Waves is a waste incineration and recycling facility and a nightclub. The building emphasizes the relationship between its different programs and the bigger site context through its geometry directed towards various directions. During the day, […]


Trash Machine

School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design Students | Man Hin Ivan Yan, Max Sopher • Trash Machine – a waste-to-energy plant, recycling facility, and nightclub in Williamsburg – juxtaposes the energetic flow of humans with the energetic flow of waste. As people move through the building, converting their energy into dance moves, the […]


Epidote

School of Architecture | Graduate Architecture • Students | Paola Bokobsa, Brook Boughton • Faculty | Dylan Baker-Rice • Epidote is a waste-to-energy, recycling, and mushroom farm facility that takes the concept of destruction and regeneration and applies it to every aspect. Circular economies are created, such as mycelium panel production. The geological formations of […]


Ship Break Through

School of Architecture | Graduate Architecture • Student | Sohhee Oh • Faculty | Thomas Leeser • Global warming is speculated to displace 600 million climate refugees. Through unregulated disposal, the shipbreaking yards are sites of mutual harm to the environment and human laborers, accelerated by global consumption of disposable commodities. Ship Break Through is […]


MultiAquatic | The Contemporary Fountain House

School of Architecture | Graduate Architecture • Student | Merav Gil Ad • Faculty | Ferda Kolatan • Water is usually a hidden element – we don’t see it until we open the faucet and don’t think where it comes from and where it goes. This project makes water extremely visible and demonstrates how water […]


Arcadia Automata

School of Architecture | Graduate Architecture • Students | James Nanasca, Samuel Diaz • Faculty | Stephanie Bayard • Focused on geological-driven urbanism, the project is located at Kent Street in Brooklyn Navy Yards, meeting the water in Wallabaout Bay claiming panoramic views of Manhattan. As the site is rich with industrial and marine architectural […]

SCHOOL OF DESIGN

Alter-Brooklyn

School of Design | Graduate Communications Design – MFA • Students | Jason Gong, Erin McCarty, Dexin Chen • Faculty | Woojin Lee • We have looked into urban planning, household income, waste management, and sustainable materials for this project. Through this exploration, we became aware of the persisting issues such as income inequality, lack […]


Heirloom Seed Vault

School of Design | Communications Design • Student | Shannon Lee • Faculty | Xinyi Li • The assignment was to create a speculative artifact that would suit future communities. My design was informed by centuries-old practices of seed trade and sharing economies, and suited for a shift to low-scale subsistence agriculture in the face […]


Pop-Up Havens

School of Design | Graduate Interior DesignStudent | Michelle Lei Textile waste is one of the leading problems humans currently face with waste disposal. This thesis investigates the opportunity to upcycle pre-consumer textile waste where it is reevaluated and given value through artisanal weaving techniques, instilling quality through craftsmanship. The woven tectonic combines the use […]


Letters from the Rain

School of Design | Communications Design • Student | Junhan Zhang • What do you think the rain is telling you? After attending the sustainability course and geography course at Pratt, I interpreted rain that conveying the message about global warming. Aiming to bring rain into the audience’s view and encouraging people to pay more […]


Green Energy Futures…at Whose Cost?

School of Design | Communications Design • Student | Shannon Lee • Faculty | Xinyi Li • With the mounting pressure to transition from fossil energy to renewable sources, lithium has risen to one of the most sought-after raw materials in global trade. From everyday consumer electronics to Tesla vehicles, lithium is seen as the […]


Conscious Breath

School of Design | Communications Design • Student | Lydia Cosford • This project offers an experiential take on the topic of air pollution. The first part of the design is a personal air filter designed to utilize algae, and human breathing in order to function much like a life-straw. The second part of the […]

The Tool Shed

School of Design | Interior Design • Student | Kelli McGrath • Sustainability is directly related to architecture and the built environment through materiality and reuse. As designers, we can choose materials that are sustainable. However, we can also actively think of ways to reuse buildings and materials for creative purposes to reduce the amount […]


Corki

School of Design | Industrial Design • Student | Zachary Leong • Corki aims to bring awareness to the versatility of cork material as a more sustainable option in our current capitalist society. Combining this project with my love of plants, the Corki Planter addresses the issue of sustainability with its plastic and concrete counterparts. […]


3355

School of Design | Graduate Communications Design | Packaging, Identities and Systems Design • Student | Sally Jeong Won Hwang • Faculty | Alisa Zamir • 3355 is a conceptual retail experience that combines traditional architecture with contemporary design forms. This includes modern typography and packaging solutions. This 3355 exclusive alcohol and dish are made […]


A House and Seven Doors

School of Design | Interior Design • Student | Yasmeen Abdal • A house and seven doors is an Arabic proverb used to describe the longstanding tradition of hospitality and generosity as a part of the fabric of Arab society. Notions of family in the middle east go beyond your direct bloodline but to your […]


Sustainable Development Goals Branding and Communication System

School of Design | Graduate Communications Design | Packaging, Identities and Systems Design • Student | Xindi Gao • Faculty | Alisa Zamir • This project seeks to raise awareness and action around the 10th anniversary of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to improve multi-sensory design to enrich people’s empathy, strengthen the […]


‘Healzo’ Breakfast Revolution

School of Design | Graduate Communications Design | Packaging, Identities and Systems Design • Student | Sally Jeong Won Hwang • Faculty | Alisa Zamir • Healzo is the “breakfast revolution”, where not only the product and all product extensions are healthy and organic, also all packaging materials are natural, sustainable, and eco-friendly. Healzo, a […]


Beautiful Withering

School of Design | Communications Design | Illustration • Student | Xinyi Yang • Faculty | Lynne Foster • Biodiversity loss is a sustainability problem. The monarch butterfly is one of the creatures that has disappeared in recent years because of climate change, pesticide, and severe weather events. This is a disaster of biodiversity and […]


Change Upon Change: Staged Resilient Space in Natural Disaster

School of Design | Graduate Interior Design • Student | Mujia Lin Change Upon Change: Staged Resilient Space in Natural Disaster, explores how responsive space could provide resilience for social and spatial vulnerabilities to achieve long-term stability and sustainability. By transforming the destruction of natural disasters into a reconstruction of new spatial possibilities and memories, […]