Category Archives: Interdisciplinary

LEAP Sustainability Crash Course!

Join LEAP for a Sustainability Crash Course on March 29, 1:15pm – 2:45pm at the Engineer Building!

Be sure to register HERE

Passive House Panel:

The Passive House concept represents today's highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%. Widespread application of the Passive House design would have a dramatic impact on energy conservation. The Passive House panel will discuss applied concepts of the passive house design throughout the speakers' career. We will have two insights of the entrepreneurship path of the building performance industry from the architect, founder of 475 High Performance Building Supply and President of the NY Passive House, Ken Levenson; and the civil-environmental engineer and certified passive house designer Marty Rowland.


Ken Levenson:

Ken is president of NY Passive House, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the Passive House standard, and a founding volunteer of the American Passive House Network. Ken regularly lectures on the Passive House standard and building science. Ken is also the COO at 475 High Performance Building Supply, a company dedicated to providing those products that help transform green building into high-performance building across the US.


Marty Rowland:

Marty Rowland is a certified passive house designer, currently working with the NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation, and as an adjunct professor of environmental science at Pace University.  He is also a licensed professional civil and environmental engineer who worked in the aerospace industry for 28 years.  Dr. Rowland is an expert in collective use of common natural resources, having researched water management in Tampa and Baton Rouge.  The point of view he will be expressing today concerns how the passive house movement necessarily needs to become the rule rather than the exception in the American construction industry; he has ideas on how that could happen.

Check out Pratt PSPD Students Final Projects!

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This Fall, Pratt PSPD’s introductory courses in City & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation focused their studies on the Lower East Side. The Historic Preservation program’s Documentation/Interpretation course worked in tandem with the Fundamentals studio to address issues focused on the needs of public housing tenants in the area, using a historic preservation lens. Check out the website below for the culmination of the Documentation/Interpretation course’s work!

Click Here!

Rebuild by Design October 28th!

Rebuild by Design Public Receptions in New York and New Jersey

When: Monday Oct 28, 2013 |  8:30 am – 11:00 am
Where: Eisner & Lubin Auditorium | 60 Washington Square S, New York

For more information and to RSVP click here!


Rebuild by Design is hosting two public receptions in New York and New Jersey to hear Rebuild by Design's ten Design Teams discuss their research and the ideas born out of their work.

Lecture Series: More True Tales from the Field by Joe Mizzi

Wednesday, October 23rd


Room 213, Pratt Manhattan

Lecture discusses the 3 cardinal rules of construction – preparation, preparation, preparation – demonstrated in various projects, including logistics planning, material selection, scheduling, and sub-contractor coordination.

Joseph Mizzi, Fall 2013 Lecture Series

Joseph Mizzi has almost 25 years of experience in the NYC Construction Industry. In 1995 he joined Sciame Construction and in 2006 was named President of the company and is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the firm.

Joseph serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Architectural League of New York, and is a member of the Board of Directors of both the New York Building Congress and the Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Councils; he is also Treasurer and Vice Chair of the Salvadori Center, serves on the Board of Trustees at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and is a member of Young Presidents Organization’s (YPO) Metro NY Chapter.

He also serves on the Advisory Board to New York University’s Master of Science in Construction Management Program, Pratt Institute’s Construction Management Program and Clemson University’s Construction Science and Management Program. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Architecture and Design Film Festival.

Joseph is co-founder and CEO of two not-for-profit organizations, 14+ Foundation, Inc. and Chipakata Children’s Academy Foundation, both of which serve to educate and care for children in Zambia, Africa. He was named recipient of the 2013 NYC Subcontractors Trade Association Builder of the Year, the 2012 Construction Industry Boy Scouts Greater NYC Council’s “Good Scout” Award, and the 2012 Israel Bonds “Builder of Israel” Award. He also received Pratt Institute’s 2011 Alumni Achievement Award.


Community Conversations on Environmental Justice & Rebuilding: The Marfa Dialogues

The Center for Social Inclusion invites you to join us for Community Conversations on Environmental Justice & Rebuilding.

The Marfa Dialogues:

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Lower East Side | October 29th

6:00-7:30pm, Reception to Follow

University Settlement 184 Eldridge St. New York, NY

Red Hook, Sunset Park & Williamsburg, Brooklyn | November 6th


Brooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont St. Brooklyn, NY

The Rockaways | November 20th


Queens Museum; NYC Building; Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, NY

Upcoming Advanced Writing Workshop!

Join us for a workshop on advanced writing with Alec Appelbaum!

6:00-8:00 pm 

Higgins Hall Room 310

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Meet our Fall 2013 Green Infrastructure Fellows!

To read more about our 2013 Fall GI Fellows, Marcel and WenKai, click here!

Guest Lecture by Local Office Landscape Architecture!

Join us for a guest lecture from Walter Meyer & Jennifer Bolstad from Local Office Landscape Architecture!

When: Wednesday, October 16th 3-5pm

Where: Higgins Hall Room 406 

To RSVP send an email to

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Fall 2013 PSPD Improvisation Workshop!

There will be a PSPD Improvisation Workshop on Tuesday October 15th  with Ben Wellington.

Higgins Hall Room 406

6:00-8:00 PM

Improvisation Workshop

UESM presents GI Workshops at Maker Faire 2013

Last weekend thousands of techies, DIY enthusiasts, tinkerers and inventors presented their most recent projects at the 2013 New York Maker Faire. Outdoor spaces surrounding the Hall of Science at Flushing Meadows were filled with 3D printers, robots, arduino systems and modeling tool prototypes.

UESM faculty member Evren Uzer and and Green Infrastructure Fellows Wen Kai Kuo and Marcel Negret participated in the educational pavilion sharing their experiences about the Green Infrastructure (G.I.) workshop series. Since 2012 PSPD has been developing Design and Technology workshops aimed at making the many benefits of G.I. visible.  At the Faire, teachers, gardeners, students and curious folks were quite interested in educational opportunities that DIY projects offer for sustainable initiatives. Most visitors expressed particular interest in the first and second series, Garden Gadgets and DIY Aerial Imaging and Mapknitting, which is quite comprehensible due to the nature of the fair.

Possible collaborations for implementing open source Internet based irrigation timers on Pratt’s green infrastructure projects were also discussed. Systems we are interested in checking out include Open Sprinkler at: and Cultivar at

For more detailed information on the Workshop series please visit: