Monthly Archives: September 2013

Professor Ron Shiffman Defines RAMP

Professor Ron Shiffman (B.S. Architecture ’61, M.S. City and Regional Planning ’66) is arguably one of Pratt’s most revered professors. After getting two degrees at the Institute, Shiffman went on to co-found what is now known as the Pratt Center for Community Development a non-profit dedicated to empowering low and moderate-income communities in New York to plan for and realize their futures.

Shiffman has spent more than fifty years working to promote community-based activism and to assisting local groups to participate directly in the development of their neighborhoods. Thus, it was no surprise that after Superstorm Sandy hit the New York City area a year ago he was quickly enlisted to consult with both the government and community groups to help get people back on their feet, but also plan for future storms. Along with a team of Pratt professors within the Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development, Shiffman initiated an interdisciplinary suite of studios called RAMP, standing for recovery, adaptation, mitigation, and planning. The initial success of the program, including summer studios focused on Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, allowed the team to win a grant of $120,000 from the Kresge Foundation for their work.

Shiffman was recently recognized with two national honors: the Rockefeller Foundation’s 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership and the American Planning Association’s 2013 National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Pioneer.

Source : Gateway

Text and Production: Bay Brown

Video and Production: Peter Tannenbaum

City Atlas Profile of Eddie Bautista from NYC-EJA!

Eddie Baustista

Take a look at the recent City Atlas profile of the Executive Director of NYC  Environmental Justtice Alliance, Eddie Bautista, as he talks about the environmental justice movement and resiliency in terms of the future for New York City.

To read the article CLICK HERE

Upcoming PSPD Events from LEAP!

|Fri. SEPTEMBER 20| Urban Green Council’s Sustainability Graduate Mixer

UESM will represent Pratt at the event. Hello networking!

RSVP here Please reply to this email if you’d like to go, as we can arrange to travel together!

UGC Graduate mixer

|NOVEMBER 20-22| Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

HUGE Opportunity! So close, so exciting, so much potential! Check out more info here

Please reply if you are at all interested! We hope to send as many students as possible for free…the sooner we get a ballpark # of interested student, the sooner we can apply for funding!

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Info on our first LEAP meeting will be coming soon. Feel open to contact us if you have any questions/ ideas/ thoughts etc.!


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DOT Barrier Beautification Deadline Extended!

DOT’s Barrier Beautification program commissions murals on concrete barriers throughout the City. On Saturday, October 19, the DOT Urban Art Program is partnering with NY Cares to beautify barriers in Brooklyn along Fort Hamilton Parkway, and in the Bronx on East 161st Street & Grand Concourse. Artists and designers interested in participating should download an application at The selected artists will receive a $2,000 design honorarium and a $500 materials fee. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 13.

Upcoming Fall 2013 Graduate Events!

Brooklyn Graduate Information Sessions

October 19th & November 9th


Where: Pratt Brooklyn Campus Cafeteria

Prospective students should initially meet in the Cafeteria at 9:45am to meet with Admissions staff. After a brief meet and greet students will then be escorted to their respected departments around 10:00am for information and the opportunity to have any questions answered about that department.

Graduate Portfolio Day at Pratt Institute

November 23rd

12:00noon – 4:00pm

Where: ARC Building (Pratt Brooklyn Campus)

Graduate Portfolio Day at Pratt Institute will consist of the Architecture and Urban Design, Art and Design Education, Communications Design, City and Regional Planning, Creative Arts therapy, Digital Arts, Fine Arts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Writing Departments and allow perspective students to get feedback on their own portfolios.