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A roundup of ideas and projects from around the Institute

  • Eddie Bautista, alumnus and visiting assistant professor in the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE), was featured in Crain’s New York Business for his work tackling environmental racism through green policies in underserved communities, something that goes back to his childhood in Red Hook: “I made the connection to race, class and our lack of political power and the way our neighborhood was neglected.”

  • The Material Lab at Pratt recently acquired SCOBY leather from multimedia artist Madison Wilds Burger, BFA Photography ’20. The materials are lab-grown from bacteria cellulose cultivated from kombucha

  • The inaugural fellows for the New Voices in Architectural Journalism initiative launched by the Architect’s Newspaper in partnership with the Pratt School of Architecture have been announced. Monty Rush, Ekam Singh, and Catherine Chattergoon will be joining the mentor-based journalism program for undergraduate and graduate Pratt architecture students in the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Elise Kaufman, adjunct associate professor of foundation, was profiled in a Provincetown Independent story on her mixed media work that involves photography, printmaking, drawing, and collage: “So much of what I think about is light and trying to capture its relationship to remembrance.”

  • Incoming writing student Lily Burgess and a Pratt print sale held near campus were included in the New York Times Magazine feature “NYC Wakes Up” on how the city has reopened with increased vaccination.

  • This past semester, archivists-in-training from the School of Information worked to make accessible several feet of unprocessed materials from the Pratt Institute Archives, ranging from Pratt Center community projects to The Black Alumni of Pratt galas

  • The United Arab Emirates Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale is featuring photographs by Farah Al Qasimi, visiting assistant professor of photography, that visualize the tension between urban development and nature in the UAE’s sabkha salt flats.

  • Taylor McGinnis, who recently joined the Pratt Center for Community Development as the democratizing data researcher, joined Ben Dodd, communications specialist/planner at the Pratt Center, for a conversation on data and this new role: “I am taking a lot of methods that are similar to what software development companies use in terms of user research and user centered design, and I’m trying to merge those methods with a community based approach, a public resource approach.”

  • Jean Shin, adjunct professor-CCE of fine arts, was interviewed by the New York Times about her new “Invasive” installation that transforms plastic bottles into a rock covering reminiscent of moss: “Most single-use plastic is not recycled, and our consumer waste is invading the world. What’s the true cost of this convenience to our landscape and our bodies?” The work is part of the Re:Growth, a Celebration of Art, Riverside Park and the New York Spirit exhibition which also includes pieces by Wennie Huang, BFA Painting ’94, and Mary Mattingly, visiting assistant professor of fine arts