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CONDENSATIONS Designing In Water PART 03 of 03 Design and Action: Reciprocity from South to North

March 25, 2023 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Pratt Research Yard
Building 3, Brooklyn Navy Yard

Climate Adaptation requires new modes of thinking, inclusion, design and representation. This all day workshop reflects the urgency of working in this manner. Drawing upon guidance from Rebuild by Design and Water as Leverage, examples shared in Condensations 1 and 2, student/faculty/expert teams will be working with local partners on three sites located in Brooklyn and Queens.  Each site showcases differing hydrological, geopolitical and geological challenges within the NYC urban Archipelago and across Long Island – the most densely populated island in the US and 18th most densely populated island on the planet. The workshop will be complemented by visualizations developed using artificial intelligence. 

Community Partner Organizations/Sites:

  1. Guardians of Flushing Bay: Flushing Creek, Queens/  Tributary 
  2. Chhaya CDC:  Hollis, Queens / Inland
  3. Coney Island Beautification Project: Coney Island, Brooklyn/ Island 

Community Partner Lead Participants:

Rebecca Pryor, Executive Director, Guardians of Flushing Bay 
Annetta Seecharran, Executive Director, Chhaya CDC
Pamela Pettyjohn, Co-founder and President, Coney Island Beautification Project


9:45am Doors open & refreshments
10:00am Opening Address
10:10am Presentation of workshop agenda
10:20am Community presentations + Q&A
11:00am Work time (with advisors)
1:00pm Lunch + Gallery Walk – “mid-review”
2:00pm Work time (without advisors)
4:00pm Presentations and discussion\
4:50pm Closing remarks and next steps/actions

Guest Responders:

Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands 
Allison Druin, Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Partnerships, Pratt Institute 
Jean Gallagher, Vice President for Strategy and Partnerships, Office of the President Pace University 

Roving Critics/Advisors:

Amy Chester, Managing Director, Rebuild by Design

Sandra Schoof, Program Manager Water as Leverage Netherlands Enterprise and Development Agency

Guest Critics:

Molly Bourne
John Brock
Jose Miranda
Robbert Moree
Anne Oerlemans
Edgar Westerhof
Annie Peyton
Annie Phaosawasdi
Simon Phillips
Romain Recouvreur

Academic Institution Leads: 

Matthijs Bouw
Eva Castro
David Erdman
Justine Shapiro Klein
Amy Motzny
Santiago Piedrafita
Leonel Lima Ponce 
Pablo Allard Serrano
Priyamwadah Singh
Kotchakorn Voraakhom

Students From:


Anant National University, Anant Fellowship
Singapore University of Technology and Design, Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar
Universidad Del Desarrollo, Faculty of Architecture and Arts


Harvard Graduate School of Design Pratt Institute, School of Architecture
University of Pennsylvania, Weitzman School of Design

Partners and Sponsors:

Host: Pratt Institute 
Co-Hosts: Rebuild by Design + Water as Leverage
Academic Partners: University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Anant National University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Universidad Del Desarrollo, Pace University.
Industry Partners: Arcadis, Egis, IDC 
Sponsors: Arcadis, Inhabit, Egis, BIG, Center for Climate Adaptation (Pratt Institute), The McHarg Center (U Penn)