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. 

Student works with tool with a large, industrial robot in the background

Consortium for Research & Robotics (CRR)

Mark Parsons, Executive Director

Provost

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.

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Screenshot of Minecraft

Employing Minecraft

Eve Baron
Gopinath Gnanakumar Malathi
Rachel Ko
Can Sucuoglu

SAVI (Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative) and School of Architecture, Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE)

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.

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Illuminated Lexicons

Leslie Roberts

Provost, Foundation

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.

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Overhead view of a line of striking students on Pratt’s campus

Preserving Activism Beyond and Between Pratt’s Gates

HEATHER LEWIS, School of Art
CRISTINA FONTÁNEZ RODRÍGUEZ, PRATT INSTITUTE LIBRARY
REBECCA KRUCOFF, School of Art and School of Architecture
KEENA SUH, SCHOOL OF DESIGN
VICKI WEINER, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

AMBER COLON, BFA COMMUNICATIONS DESIGN ‘23
ANISHA KAR, MS HISTORIC PRESERVATION ‘21

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.

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Close-up of data map showing core forest and developed land cover in the Hudson Watershed

State of the Hudson

Can Sucuoglu

SAVI (Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative)

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.

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Pratt Sustainability Center Logo overlaid on a picture of the Pratt Institute campus Image description: The Pratt Sustainability Center encourages the use of Pratt Institute’s campus as a living laboratory, linking the classroom to campus initiatives.

Sustainable Materials Research

Carolyn Shafer

Pratt Sustainability Center

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.

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