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A roundup of ideas and projects from around the Institute

  • Mahogany L. Browne, MFA Writing ’16, was named Lincoln Center’s first-ever Poet-in-Residence. Her residency includes curating monthly virtual and in-person events from July to September, with the programming drawing on her extensive experience as a poet and activist.

  • A New York Times feature on Dalilah Muhammad, hurdler for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, includes a video of a 17-year-old Muhammad competing in the Colgate Women’s Games held in Pratt’s Activities Resource Center (ARC). The amateur track series for girls in elementary school through college began at Pratt in 1974 has helped launch several Olympians including Cheryl Toussaint and Grace Jackson-Small.

  • During this past year of isolation and social distancing, Eliane Yeung reflected on a distinct feature of NYC—the bodega cat—which inspired the School of Continuing and Professional Studies student to create the video animation “Bodega Cats v. House Cats.” Watch it on the @PrattInstitute Instagram.

  • Phoebe Robinson, BFA Writing ’06, was the guest host for Jimmy Kimmel Live on July 14. A clip of Robinson interviewing Scripps National Spelling Bee winner Zaila Avant-garde is available to watch on YouTube.

  • In a capstone project shared by @prattgradcomd, Yuxi Liu, MS Packaging Design ’21, explored the potential for wearable technology in the travel industry with a jewelry-based smart device that includes gesture recognition and a language processor.

  • The Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) has a new Alumni Spotlight series highlighting recent graduates, kicking off with historic preservation alumna Sarah Eccles from the class of 2021: “My thesis was definitely a major project for me. I got to explore what is very important to me and I loved that. I think when we worked in the studios, particularly in Sunset Park, documenting Bush Terminal and examining how an industrial site can relate to a community and how it can become important to a community was a real turning point in how I looked at historic preservation and how it shapes people and communities.”

  • The Pratt Center for Community Development released its new report “Still Room for Improvement” examining the land use impacts of hotel development in New York City, including how the COVID-19 pandemic may shape future development. The report is available to read online.

  • Brooklyn Magazine featured the work of Allen Frame, adjunct professor-CCE of photography, whose new book FEVER includes his color photographs from the early 1980s just before the dawn of AIDS. Frame told the publication that the images capture “the irony of that year … the mood and palette of the pictures versus the impending pandemic.”

  • Through August 8, Harvestworks on Governors Island is exhibiting “Scintillator,” an installation by Visiting Assistant Professor Joseph Morris with the help of Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Helio Takai. The work uses computer-controlled electromagnets to turn inverted wine glasses into sonic resonators, similar to running a finger along the rim of a glass, creating an immersive experience of sound and technology.