Monthly Archives: June 2013

Pratt PSPD and Pratt Institute in the News

Alec Appelbaum and Ron Shiffman both appeared in the New York Times recently, and Pratt received a Climate Leadership award!

Spring 2013 GI Fellows


Meet our spring 2013 Green Infrastructure fellows here!

Sponsored by the Urban Environmental Systems Management program, and linked to the 2012 NYC Department of Environmental Protection Green Infrastructure Grant award, these fellowships are a semester long and focus on maintenance, monitoring, research and outreach regarding our funded GI projects.  Students will have the opportunity to work with UESM faculty, GI contractors and the Institute’s facilities department. To become a GI fellow, send a letter of intent and resume to UESM Coordinator Jaime Stein, 


RAMP Workshop on Public Housing and Disaster Response this Tuesday 6/18



With this week's announcements about further budget cuts and the closing of senior and community centers, on top of the land grab "land lease" proposal, this workshop is a timely discussion to continue to offer viable alternatives to NYCHA's plans. 


Responding to Disasters: natural and man-made. Defying NYCHA's looming budget cuts and proposing alternatives 

Sponsored by Pratt's RAMP Program in cooperation with Charas, CVH, CSS, GOLES, FUREE, Ocean Bay CDC and others

When:  Next Tuesday, June 18th from 6-8:30pm

Where: Pratt Manhattan 144 W 14 St. [btwn 6th and 7th Avenues] Room 707 

*To view more information about the topics be discussed at the workshop click here
*To view a list of upcoming workshops that will be held as part of RAMP click here 

Spring 2013 Graduation

Congrats To Our Spring 2013 Historic Preservation Graduates!


Historic Preservation Students Explore Boston

On February 15th 2013, ten PHPO students traveled via bus up to Boston for a weekend of historic architectural adventure. After an evening of exploring the historic pubs of the redcoats, the group reconvened in morning and received a private walking tour of Boston's wonderful architecture along with great stories of the past.They enjoyed lunch at the famous Faneuil Hall, and then it was off to the highlight of the trip, King's Chapel. The group received a private tour of the crypts located underneath the church and were brought all the way to the bell tower where they got a chance to try and ring the huge bell (made by Paul Revere's family)! Side trips to Paul Revere's home, multiple cemeteries, The Old North Church and many others were made. Where will history bring them next??






















Text and Photos by Holly Hughes




HurriPLAN Training at Pratt Institute


From May 15th to May 16th Pratt students, instructors, community members, and professionals from a variety of backgrounds participated in HURRIPLAN Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities. This two-day long course was moderated by instructors from the National Disaster Training Center at the University of Hawaii in collaboration with Pratt Institute and AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) Committee, and was sponsored by FEMA.

This training is geared towards providing knowledge and training to architects, engineers, planners, local and state building officials, and residents to develop hurricane resiliency in communities and to design and adapt buildings to mitigate the impacts of hurricanes. The course is divided into 15 modules that address water, wind, storm science, codes and zoning, land use, insurance, government structure, assistance procedures, building strategies, infrastructure, best practices, and building components. The May 2013 training culminated in a hands-on design activity that challenged participants to apply resilient design strategies to a storm shelter in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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This training was part of the PSPD summer RAMP (Recovery, Adaptation,Mitigation and Planning) Program – an interdisciplinary suite of studios, classes and open workshops that address issues facing the coastal communities of New York City and the Region post-Sandy.

Additional RAMP training opportunities to be announced, soon!



When:   June 6th 1pm – 4 pm
Where: Higgins Hall – 61 St. James Place

This is a public workshop on contamination of urban soil and how certain plants are removing some of these contaminants by accumulation aka phytoremediation*.

Workshop will be facilitated by Kaja Kuhl, the founder of youarethecity, a research, design and planning practice focused on creating dialogue about the urban environment. Laura Senkevitch –  a Pratt UESM graduate – will also be presenting.