Monthly Archives: April 2013

PSPD Alum Wins Glassbox Mexico Competition

Glassbox Contest

On March the 22nd, 2013, after a very stressed and exited week of work, the results of the architecture competition, Glassbox Mexico, were revealed. In this competition, eight young architectural studios were invited to participate to develop a model that would support public safety in Mexico City. After 3 full days of intensive work, the team ¨Taller 13¨ led by Elias Cattan, and the UESM Alum Yair Wolff, was announced as the wining team of this exciting competition. 

The winning project named “The Spore and the Mycorrhiza” was the result of a comprehensive analysis created to confront the challenge and design a mobile module for public safety.

Sustainable Development Works – Community Planning in Goa, India

In January 2013, Pratt PSPD students traveled to Goa to conduct fieldwork and facilitate four participatory planning workshops. The workshops took place over the course of 2 days and focused on Waste Management, Sustainable Tourism, Climate Resilient Design, and Land Use. The workshop was developed and facilitated jointly by students from Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) along with students from Goa College of Architecture (GCA). The project was structured so that the students would research sustainable development practices on selected topics, share their findings at the workshop and draw out people’s knowledge of their place, listing concerns and possible solutions, leading to recommendations.

Architecture of New York City CM597 – Summer 2013

New York City is a virtual storehouse of American Architecture. The stock of urban neighborhoods includes examples of nearly every style of architecture from colonial to postmodern. this course will analyze how construction technology , social and economic forces influenced the design and construction of architecture during different historical eras in New York City.

Recommended for students or architecture, construction management, historic preservation, facilities management and interior design who enjoy walking.

This is a 2 or 3 credit course.

PSPD 2013 Lecture Series


Pratt Manhattan, 144 West 14th St., Room 213 (between 6th and 7th Avenues)


Please join Pratt's Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development for our Spring 2013 Lecture Series: Democracy, Equity and the Public Realm

Free and open to the public!


PSPD Final Presentations Spring 2013

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Green Infrastructure Certificate

SU 2013

SUMMER INTENSIVE Green Infrastructure CERTIFICATE June 13th – 16th
Created in partnership with Pratt’s :Urban Environmental Systems Management program, ASLA – NY Chapter and the APA – NY Metro Chapter to oer a 3 day intensive Certicate program, plus a 1 day conference. 
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“Resilience is the curriculum of the 21st Century.” 
Donald Watson, 2/14/2013

"We must address the challenges posed by climate change in away that also address the social, economic and environmental injustices that have plagued too many of our people and that have led to polices that have destroyed neighborhoods and jeopardized the well being of us all." 
Ron Shiffman 3/6/2013

Program Description
In order to address these needs, Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development (PSPD) has initiated the development of a suite of studios, classes, and workshops to begin in the summer of 2013, called the “Recovery, Adaptation, Mitigation and Planning [RAMP]” program. At its core, the RAMP studios will serve matriculated students of architecture, planning, reservation, and environmental management at Pratt, as well as students from other accredited planning and architectural programs interested in getting credit for participating in these classes. Because these emergent issues are of extreme importance to professionals in these fields, RAMP will also open courses and workshops to practitioners, in many cases for continuing maintenance credits.


[RAMP – Program and Courses Descriptions]

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April 22, 2013
9:00 – 1:00 pm
Pratt Brooklyn Campus

Composting @ work will host a selection of speakers to discuss their institutional composting experience while covering a wide range of topics such us program, technology, technical and maintenance challenges, funding opportunities and legal constraints. There is limited seating. Please RSVP by sending an emial to Evren by April 17th.



















A Trip Through Time – Historic Preservation Students Explore Rome



In the spring of 2013, under the supervision of Professor Anne Hrychuk (PR 643B-01), second year Historic Preservation students traveled to Rome, Italy to learn how a city could preserve it’s more than two thousand and a half year old history and develop to become what it is today.

We arrived in Rome to a wonderfully sunny Sunday. The easygoing vibe of this day rubbed off on us and invited us to explore the neighborhood of Trastevere, which is situated across the Tiber River from the rest of the old city. These five days were going to be a chronological journey through time.



On the left. the three standing columns are the Temple of Apollo Sosianus. On the background. right side with the bells, the Santa Maria in Campitelli. We are in the "Field of Mars". Photo by Meric Ugdul.