Wooden mobile kitchen cart on casters with a tall pegboard, two induction burners, and a small oven. The cart is in a courtyard surrounded by brick walls. There are string lights and neon green outdoor cafe tables and chairs in the background.
The completed mobile kitchen in the courtyard of Pratt Institute’s Design Center.

Amanda Huynh

Kai Wen Chuang, BID ‘20

School of Design, Industrial Design

Seed Grant 2019-2020

The Social Practice Kitchen was built during the Fall semester of 2020, after the campus re-opened for hybrid learning. Since its completion, it has been utilized by different studio courses, events, and research projects. These include: biomaterial experimentation, 3D printed pasta explorations, candy casting workshops, and BYOM(ug) events where the Kitchen welcomed all in-person School of Design community members on a number of mornings with baked goods and a selection of tea. In mid-April 2021, Social Practice Kitchen will be a part of the Foundations Expanded project, activating public sites on Myrtle Avenue.

Five graduate students in masks surrounded a mobile kitchen cart, taking photos with their phones of a pile of pasta that has just been cooked on the stovetop.
Students in ID Tech II studio cook explore cooked pasta shapes for a project on 3D printed pasta.

There has been a lot of excitement around the Kitchen, and we look forward to continuing to see it in use as a permanent resource in the School of Design.

Wooden mobile kitchen cart on casters with a tall pegboard and a small oven is parked in front of glass double-doors leading to a courtyard. On the surface of the kitchen are some boxes of tea, a kettle, mugs, and a basket of wrapped baked goods. A vinyl sign on the glass reads,
The kitchen cart ready for the BYOM(ug) events