Projects from the Office of the Provost represent the web of interconnectedness in the practice of creativity, education, activism, and community, and how these factors are inextricably linked and interplay with each other constantly.
As an outward-facing research center of Pratt Institute, the Consortium for Research & Robotics engages in innovative design research using frontier technologies. We work with communities and organizations that benefit from access to extraordinary technology for research, including NYC's largest industrial robot.
Children and youth have the potential to act as accumulators and distributors of knowledge in a way that other age cohorts cannot. Participatory planning processes designed to capture this potential and engage youth and children in community decision-making, not only orient the planning outcomes towards the actual needs and interests of the community, but also foster civic-minded future leaders through an opportunity to practice democracy.
My paintings investigate ephemeral language and rule-based abstraction. I compile lists of contemporary vernacular from the flow of information coursing through our lives and across our screens. The lists are artifacts of my social, political, and personal environment; I chart them into pattern-like works that are diagrams of their own making. These intensely chromatic, annotated panels could be called illuminated lexicons of 21st century life.
The interdisciplinary Preserving Activism project team conducts historical research that seeks to foster public dialogue about social justice activism between and beyond Pratt’s gates. This past year faculty and students worked with the Institute Archivist to examine 20th century activism at Pratt through coursework and the collection of oral histories, texts, and ephemera that will become part of the Archives.
Understanding the changing conditions of the Hudson River and its Estuary requires a complex set of indicators. The water quality, health of fish and wildlife, amount and location of public access, and engagement of residents in stewardship activities tell us about these ecosystems and management needs.
The Pratt Sustainability Center has developed a suite of sustainable materials research resources to provide Pratt's students with the tools they need to critically consider the impacts of the materials that they use. By training and educating future leaders, scholars, designers and artists, Pratt is uniquely positioned to prepare our students to understand and address sustainability challenges. As we continue to offer sustainability resources specific to the needs of artists and designers, the Pratt Sustainability Center is helping to equip our students to lead our society to a sustainable future.