Posted on Monday, November 30, 2020

Pratt Daily Hub: A Roundup of Ideas & Projects from around the Institute

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  • Chair of Fine Arts Jane South was interviewed for Artsy’s story “How to Responsibly Collect Work by MFA Students”: “Build your collection with a spirit of generosity and you will discover that you have a wonderfully rich experience as an active member of the arts community—as well as having great work in your collection.” (04/16)

  • Michael Caton, visiting assistant professor of undergraduate architecture, contributed an article to Architect magazine on how architecture firms can be proactive about doing good in society as well as in business: “Doing good—by way of social impact—and doing well—as a commercial enterprise—can seem mutually exclusive, attained by a tiny echelon of architects or by those who have eschewed the for-profit model of practice altogether. But must it be so?” (04/16)

  • In celebration of National Poetry Month, check out this poem by Jennylee (age 10) from the Saturday Art School Creative Writing class inspired by Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” and read more on @PrattYouth (04/16):  

  • Interior Design magazine featured the work of eight undergraduate interior design students who reinvented shipping containers as socially-minded communities in the class of Visiting Associate Professor Kevin Walz. Their designs focus on issues including emergency housing, sustainable construction, veteran housing, off-the-grid living, and refugee housing. (04/15)

  • Pratt Institute will honor the class of 2021 with an online Commencement ceremony. The ceremony will commemorate the achievements of more than 1,200 graduating students on Saturday, May 22 on Pratt’s website. It will feature an address by Commencement honoree and speaker, visual artist and activist Dread Scott. Read more on the news page. (04/15)

  • Ashley Womack, BID ’20, wrote and illustrated the Medium story “Visualizing a Multilingual College Experience” based on her capstone design research on the concept of language justice. Womack’s work is also part of a virtual exhibition presented by Where Are The Black Designers and Working Not Working. (04/15)

  • Each year as part of the senior curriculum, Pratt jewelry students complete a project focused on sustainability, encouraging them to look closer at the complex issues of being socially responsible in design. Read about some of the 2021 projects on the news page and follow @PrattInstitute on Instagram for more of their work (04/15): 

  • The 2021 Pratt Research Open House (ROH) launches this week with over 50 research projects from faculty, students, staff, and alumni. Organized by the Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships in the Provost’s Office, it is the fourth edition of the annual event and the second to take place virtually. Read about some ROH highlights on the news page, such as the search for a lost blue pigment and a soundscape for houseplants. (04/14)

  • Today at 7 PM EST, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design Amanda Huynh joins a roundtable discussion on “Race in Design: Understanding Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Designers’ Experiences” hosted by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). (04/14) 

  • A report from the Pratt Center for Community Development was cited in a New York Times story on the cleanup of the Gowanus Canal and its future as a residential area. (04/14)

  • This spring is the 40th anniversary of the Ubiquitous literary magazine started by students and faculty in 1981. In celebration, @PrattInstituteArchives shared images from the first issue with four issues available to explore in the Digital Collections (thanks to digitization work by current Ubiquitous co-editor Amanda Dutkiewicz) (04/14):

  • Professor of Math and Science Ágnes Mócsy was interviewed for the Physics Today story “Mingling art and science opens minds.” The article highlighted how interdisciplinary collaborations can advance scientific understanding, with Mócsy saying: “I am interested in enriching the narrative we tell about physics. Art, science, and social justice are interlinked in my work.” (04/13)

  • Mickalene Thomas, BFA Painting ’00, was featured in a Harper's Bazaar story on the impact of the Studio Museum in Harlem and its support of Black women artists: “Quite frankly, many institutions were not ready to celebrate Black women. Thankfully, some doors have opened. But I will continue to make the work because I know it inspires people and creates an impact. These setbacks only fuel my desire to persevere.” (04/13)

  • School of Information students in the Conservation Lab led by Visiting Assistant Professor Slava Polishchuk have been working on bookbinding techniques, as shared by @prattischool (04/13):

  • Fashion design and industrial design faculty member Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman joined the Clever design podcast for a discussion of her pioneering work in wearable technology, from the R&D of products for athletes to functional apparel for NASA: “There is an inherent beauty in materials and forms that reflect their meaning and value. My romantic idea of design is that we as creators are making meaning in the products, environments, and experience we create.” (04/12)

  • Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, MFA Communications Design ’15, who is currently Public Artist in Residence with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, created May We Know Our Own Strength on view in a storefront in the Meatpacking District. The interactive installation, developed in response to gender-based violence and anti-Asian racism, invites anyone to anonymously share their stories of survival with each submission becoming part of an evolving piece aimed at affirming human dignity and courage in the face of adversity. (04/12)

  • Spring is here on the Pratt Brooklyn campus, with @PrattLibraries sharing the beautiful blooms of the cherry trees (04/12): 

Throughout the Institute, students, faculty, and staff are developing new ideas and solutions during this time of hybrid and remote learning. We are working together to support and foster Pratt’s unique creative community across campus and beyond. The Pratt Daily Hub is an ongoing roundup of some of the exciting initiatives, projects, and plans that are coming together in real time.