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Thom Mayne will be Pratt’s first “critic at large”

Pratt Institute's Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD) program has selected Thom Mayne as the school's first "critic at large."

In this role, Mayne will work directly with architecture students on their projects while facilitating discussion about the field and related disciplines.

The Pritzker Prize–winning architect, who is a tenured professor in UCLA's Department of Architecture, will serve in the critic's role through the 2017-2018 academic year.

Mayne co-founded Los Angeles– and New York–based Morphosis in 1972. New Yorkers can see his built work at the Cooper Union, and soon on Roosevelt Island, where construction on the firm's academic building for the Cornell Tech campus is expected to be complete this year.

According to Pratt, the position was created to "expand discourse across the GAUD curriculum and build connections between the pedagogical and professional aspects of the program." The public, too, will be able to get in on select Mayne discussions and events: The first one is free and scheduled for next Thursday, April 13.

More information on the critic at large program and the upcoming lecture can be found here.

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Pratt Institute’s May symposium will explore the relationship between theory and practice in modern placemaking

The Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment is putting together a day of discussions this May 13 to dive deeper into the theory and practice of placemaking. This symposium, titled "Making Sense of Place: Place Theory and Placemaking in Practice," will focus on the intersections of academic theory and practical urban placemaking across four sessions led by current practitioners and theorists of place and placemaking, including:
  • Eve Baron, chairperson of Pratt's Center for Planning and the Environment Grad Center for Planning
  • David Burney, director of Pratt's Urban Placemaking and Management program
  • Tim Cresswell, dean of the faculty, vice president for academic affairs, and professor of American studies, Hartford, Connecticut's Trinity College
  • Setha Low, professor, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York
  • Sean Anderson, associate curator, Museum of Modern Art
  • Kim Dovey, professor of architecture & urban design, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne
These speakers will ask the tough questions, exploring the potential of placemaking to relieve mistrust in the government, integrate displaced people into communities, help understand complex urban issues, and support under-served communities. The symposium will take place on May 13 at Higgins Hall Auditorium at Pratt University’s campus in Brooklyn. For more information about the event schedule and to purchase tickets for the event, you can visit the website here.
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Pratt Institute launches Master of Science in Real Estate Program (REP)

The Pratt Institute has announced a new degree program: Master of Science in Real Estate Practice, which will commence in fall 2017. The Real Estate Practice program will train students to develop skill sets focused on public-private partnerships, housing and urban development, and sustainable development. This focus on public-private partnerships is due to an increase in real estate professionals’ interaction with broader interdisciplinary teams. Courses offered in 2017–2018 include: The Development Process, Fundamentals of Real Estate Development Finance, Fundamentals of Real Estate Portfolio Investment, Real Estate Law and Land Use Regulation, Public/Private Redevelopment, Urban Economics and Market Analysis, Real Estate Valuation and Capital Markets, Project Management, Demonstration of Professional Competence-Thesis, and Demonstration of Professional Competence-Studio. The new 36 credit program is meant to complement existing graduate programs of the Pratt School of Architecture: City and Regional Planning, Sustainable Environmental Systems, Historic Preservations, Urban Peacemaking and Management, and Facilities Management. “With this new program, Pratt’s School of Architecture now has a trilogy of programs focused on the built environment: Construction Management, Facilities Management, and Real Estate Practice. This unique and exciting program focuses on educating and training students in real estate practice at the intersection of public-private partnerships,” said Regina Ford Cahill, chairperson at Pratt Institute in a statement to Real Estate Weekly. Click here to learn more.  
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The Institute for Public Architecture’s “Live/Work for the Workforce” fellows announced

The Institute for Public Architecture has announced their 2016 fellows for the Live/Work for the Workforce residency. The program gives architects the opportunity to research and design concepts for potential live/work spaces in a former industrial building in New York City. The program is in part a response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ten-year Housing New York plan, which includes mixed-use live/work spaces for artists and entrepreneurs. The residency has been offered to 11 architects and designers, who will work in two teams of two, two teams of three, and one solo team. They'll formulate separate projects but are encouraged to collaborate among themselves and with the community. The teams' projects will examine a range of potential solutions for live/work spaces; some of the fellows plan to publish their research throughout the residency. Two teams, Team Move Matter and Team The Media is the Neighborhood, focus on individual industries, like affordable housing for those in the food and beverage industry and the use of real estate by the film, television, and media industries, respectively. Others, like Stephen Fan and Team AJX, are researching existing live/work arrangements in Los Angeles’s “Hybrid Industrial” zones and New York City’s Loft Laws. Find more information and biographies of the fellows at the Institute for Public Architecture website.
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Pratt Institute to build new dormitory at 135 Emerson Place

In 2012, Pratt Institute purchased a property at 135 Emerson Place for $13 million. That's where the school now plans to build a 10-story, 57,000-square-foot dormitory, reports The Real Deal. The 124-room dormitory will be located a block from Pratt’s Clinton Hill campus. However, marketing materials of Massey Knakal Realty Services have indicated that the property’s zoning actually permits 97,000 square feet of residential space. The lot, between Myrtle and Willoughby avenues, was purchased from Cara Development. Cara Development had intended to build a new 16-story, 95,000-square-foot residential building with David Kramer’s the Hudson Companies in 2008. Hudson Companies is currently involved in an alleged fixed bidding process for the Brooklyn Heights Library development plan. The financial crisis and recession prevented Hudson and Cara's joint project from being pursued.
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Constantin Boym named Industrial Design Chair at Pratt Institute

Designer Constantin Boym has been named as the Industrial Design Chair within the School of Design at the Pratt Institute. Boym founded the award-winning design studio, Boym Partners, which he runs alongside Laurene Leon Boym, and was a professor and director of graduate design studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar from 2010–2012.
“Professor Boym has an impressive history as a designer in the industry and within academia, and I look forward to him bringing his wealth of experience to Pratt,” said Pratt Institute Design Dean Anita Cooney in a statement. “I am confident that his critical, experimental approach to design will build upon the Department’s history of excellence and innovation.” Boym will assume his new role on July 13.  
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Pratt Floats Student Work on a Mylar Cloud

Installation inverts conventional relationship between architectural models and images.

Each year, a group of Pratt Institute graduate students is challenged with pushing the boundaries of exhibition design as they curate the student work from the previous year. "The basic brief is for it not to be a show where it's work on white walls, but that there's an installation component," said Softlab's Michael Szivos, who co-taught the 2014 exhibition course with Nitzan Bartov. The spring show coincides with the publication of Process, a catalog of student projects. "The book shows it in that more normative condition, year by year," said Szivos. "The installation works in tandem with that. The hope is that the students come up with something different." This year Szivos' students passed the test with flying colors, constructing a floating display out of Mylar, medium-density fiberboard, cardboard, and Tyvek that upends the conventional relationship between architectural models and two-dimensional images. Most of the students' initial concepts had to do with producing a cloud-like space, a display surface that would have an interior as well as an exterior. They eventually translated the cloud into a Mylar net that acts as both surface and structure. Architectural models, typically relegated to podiums on the fringes of an exhibition, are given pride of place on integrated MDF platforms perforated with attenuated cardboard tubes. The visual work, in turn, is placed on the ground, positioned as if it is being projected from the suspended tubes. Conventionally, said Szivos, "the hard layer is usually resting on the ground; then you have the visual layer above it. Here, the hard surface is flipped upside down and floating."
  • Fabricator Mike Szivos/Softlab, Nitzan Bartov, Pratt graduate students
  • Designers Mike Szivos/Softlab, Nitzan Bartov, Pratt graduate students
  • Location Brooklyn
  • Date of Completion 2014
  • Material Mylar, MDF, cardboard, Tyvek, grommets, fashion snaps, galvanized pipes, pipe clamps
  • Process Rhino, Kangaroo, laser cutting, CNC milling, sawing, snapping, hanging
Visitors access the models by ducking underneath the Mylar cloud, then standing within one of several holes in the bottom surface. "The goal was that the models would actually be seen at eye level," said Szivos. "In this case, it's almost as if it's a city of models. Each zone is a place where the models can be viewed on real architectural terms." A second goal was surprise, which the students achieved by concealing the models behind diamond-shaped Tyvek panels attached to exterior of the net. "You don't know what's inside until you engage," said Szivos. The students engineered the cloud structure using Rhino and Kangaroo. In just two months—the exhibition is timed for Pratt's spring open house—the students finalized the design and decided how to fabricate it. The bulk of the cloud is made of laser-cut Mylar panels fastened together with grommets. Loops at the bottom of the panels secure platforms made of CNC-cut MDF scattered on a sea of sawed-off cardboard tubes, while the Tyvek panels (also laser-cut) are held in place with fashion snaps. The entire installation hangs from a tube frame of galvanized pipe clamped to the gallery's ceiling beams. Time constraints led to a few shortcuts. The students initially intended to develop a projection component, but in the end simply printed most of the two-dimensional images and placed them on the floor. They had also hoped to cover the entire Mylar net in Tyvek, but eventually limited themselves to the lowest rows only. Nevertheless, the project effectively demonstrates the architectural potential of surface-as-structure—in this case, a net weighing under 20 pounds that suspends over 500 pounds of weight. "The surface is a structural skin," said Szivos. "What's nice is that even though it's only attached on the outside, there are still interior spaces."
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Pratt Students Raise an AAC Wall

Installation investigates the future of facade design and fabrication.

Unlike some student projects, AAC Textile-Block v2.0 was shaped by both practical and speculative concerns. In back-to-back courses at Pratt, undergraduates designed and fabricated a prototype section of a screen wall system made from autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC). Co-taught by Lawrence Blough and Ezra Ardolino, the design studio and prototyping seminar encouraged students to look beyond their computer screens to real-world constraints including block size and light and air circulation. "The idea was that we wanted to make something that has an application later on," said Blough. "It was more than a run-of-the-mill digital fabrication project," added Ardolino. "It was really a comprehensive fabrication project." Each student in the design studio created a scheme for a four-story facade comprising modules cut from standard 8-by-8-by-24-inch AAC bricks donated by Aercon AAC (additional funding was supplied by the Office of the Dean of the School of Architecture). All of the assemblies were required to be self-supporting; some students designed them to be structural or to act as a weather barrier as well. With help from structural engineer Robert Otani and facade consultant Erik Verboon, both of whom teach at Pratt, the students explored their designs using Rhino and wire-cut foam models before CNC-milling prototype wall assemblies from high-density foam. During the following semester, Blough and Ardolino's seminar moved into design-development. Again with Otani's assistance, the class modified one of the designs generated in the studio for fabrication. Among the issues the seminar students addressed was the balance between uniqueness and repetition in the final assembly. "Every block could have been unique, but then there's a question of whether or not it's more efficient to incorporate repetition," said Ardolino. "The students solved that one: they figured out how they could set up the system to be somewhat repetitive." The assembly as built contains 96 blocks of 20 different types. "The earlier stuff I'd done was trying to use as much off-the-shelf material as I could," said Blough. "Here we decided to really push it, and to take on more of the ideas of mass customization."
  • Fabricator Pratt Institute School of Architecture students, Lawrence Blough, Ezra Ardolino
  • Designers Pratt Institute School of Architecture students, Lawrence Blough, Ezra Ardolino
  • Location Brooklyn
  • Date of Completion 2014
  • Material Aercon Florida autoclaved aerated concrete, steel plates, steel rods, polyurethane construction adhesive, plywood
  • Process Rhino, Grasshopper, HAL, modeling, CNC milling, mortaring, shimming
Students milled the AAC modules from 8-by-8-by-12-inch half-bricks using a reconditioned auto-industry robot at Timbur, Ardolino's computer-aided design and fabrication studio. After considering their options, the team settled on an "in the round" strategy, in which the tool makes parallel passes around the Z axis of each block. The blocks were held to the table using custom-milled high-density urethane foam jigs. By working from the largest module to the smallest module, the students required only two jigs. "As the block got smaller, more and more of the jig got eaten away during milling—like a palimpsest," observed Ardolino. While Ardolino managed the off-site fabrication, Blough oversaw assembly in the School of Architecture lobby. Students volunteered their time between classes to lay courses of the milled blocks, using a high performance polyurethane construction adhesive in place of mortar. Slotted steel plates located two courses from the top and bottom of the 10-foot 8-inch by 4-foot prototype accept 1/4-inch rods, which also pass through channels milled into the faces of pairs of blocks. Thinner, staple-like steel rods provide horizontal reinforcement every fourth course. When the installation was up, the assembly team, realizing the floor was uneven, pushed it into plumb before shimming it and re-adjusting the tension on the rods. Though the installation is presently unsealed, Blough and Ardolino are investigating an epoxy-like coating that would protect the blocks from contact damage without obscuring the tool paths. "We like the tool paths—they make it look like dressed stone," said Blough. Though the multi-semester project was designed as a hands-on learning experience for the undergraduates, the professionals involved benefited as well. "I like the idea of this cross-pollination between what goes on in my office and in Ezra's office, and that we can then bring it back to the studio and really push it," said Blough. "It was really liberating for me to take it to this whole other level with Ezra and the students, because you have all these great minds working on it."
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Late Summer Signings at Pratt Mark Beginning of Academic School Year

It's the end of summer and again time for architecture students and faculty to return to studios and classrooms all over the country. There are several new high profile architecture Deans facing their first week of dealing with academic regulations, nervous students, and lack of classroom space. In addition young new faculty are preparing for their first lectures and several well known senior faculty have transferred institutions. Pratt Institute for example, has just announced two high profile additions to its faculty. Pratt announced two high profile "signings" that are big news for the design institute. First, David Burney, former Commissioner of the City’s Design and Construction agency,will become a full time member of the faculty, but, more importantly, will became the first coordinator of a new design program called Urban Placemaking and Management. It will become the first in the nation, focusing, Pratt claims, on "public space creation and management based on  community planning." Pratt also announced that theorist Sanford Kwinter will join the institute as a Professor of Science and Design in the School of Architecture this fall. Kwinter is co-founder and editor of the influential journal, ZONE, and Zone Books for 20 years. Trained in philosophy and literature, he has written extensively on philosophical issues of design, architecture, and urbanism, as well as art and aesthetics. In addition to continuing his research and writing, Professor Kwinter will teach seminars and lecture courses in the graduate and undergraduate architecture programs. Architecture Dean Thomas Hanrahan states, “Professor Kwinter is one of the world’s most important voices in architecture today because of his broad, interdisciplinary interests in art and science as they apply to design.”  Kwinter most recently co-directed the Masters in Design Studies programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He wrote that  Pratt's "historical and urban context allows for a broad engagement with local social and political conditions as well as with the wider discipline of architecture as it relates to game-changing practices at a truly cosmopolitan scale. I am, as a theorist, greatly looking forward to coming to Pratt.”
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On View> Parks for the People Reimagines Our National Parks as Social & Cultural Destinations

Parks for the People The Octagon Museum 1799 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. Through November 30 Parks for the People presents student ideas of how to reimagine our national parks as natural, social, and cultural destinations. Teams from City College of New York, Rutgers, Cornell, Florida International University, Kansas State, Pratt, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Washington competed in a semester long studio, engaging questions of the preservation, sustainability, accessibility, and technology in 21st century national parks. The National Parks Service, Van Alen Institute, and the National Parks Conservation Association sponsored the competition, which ultimately declared the teams from City College, for their work on the Nicodemus National Historic Site in Kansas, and Rutgers, for their project at the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Pennsylvania (above), the winners. All seven entries, each representing a different region of the country, will be on view at the Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C.
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Pratt Student Awarded Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship

While most design students are starting the scramble for plum summer internships, Tina Uznanski can rest easy, knowing a desk with her name on it will be waiting at Gensler's London office. Uzanski, an interior design student at the Pratt Institute, has received Gensler's annual Brinkmann Scholarship, winning a paid summer internship at the Gensler office of her choice and a cash prize to be put toward her final year of study at Pratt. The award was established in 1999 as a memorial to interior designer and former Gensler partner Donald G. Brinkmann. Uznanski won the competition with her clever concept for a renovation of her neighborhood library in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, that creates a flexible room through "shifting stacks."
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Pratt Lectures on Architecture and Planning

If you’re an architect interested urban planning issues or a city planner interested contemporary architecture relationship to the city this is a lecture series for you! Created and organized by the Pratt Institute’s Program for Sustainable Planning and Development features planners and architects engaged in rethinking contemporary Preservation, sustainability, and urban design. Invited lectures include; Jirge Rigau a Puerto Rican preservationist, Andrew Genn project director of New York’s comprehensive waterfront plan and a young Mississippi architect Whitney Grant who founded the Jackson Community Development Center. They will all be addressing the fundamental questions facing today’s cites and attendees will be encouraged to ask questions of the lecturers. It takes place in room 213 of Pratt’s Manhattan campus at 144 West 14th Street and it starts with drinks at 5:30. The lectures are free and open to the public. SUSTAINABLE WATERFRONT Andrew Glen Waterfront Action Plan; Maritime and Industrial Uses and Areas February 25, 2011 Mike Marrella Vision 2020 Comprehensive Waterfront Plan April 1, 2011 Alan Belensz New York State Climate Action Plan April 29, 2011 PRESERVATION: A GLOBAL STORY Jorge Rigau The Problems of Preserving Paradise March 4, 2011 Castern Paludan-Müller Cultural Heritage: Roots, Relations, Rationales, Rights, Redemption April 8, 2011 VISIONARY URBAN DESIGN Jonathan Kirschenfeld Typologies of Social Engagement March 11, 2011 Paul Guzzardo New Ways to Smear the Street with Our Extended Epistemology March 3, 2011* Whitney Grant Suspended Mid-City March 25, 2011 Aaron Levy Redefining Artistic Advocacy April 15, 2011