2014-2015 Taconic Fellowships

Bridging community development across Pratt Institute's diverse disciplines.

Infrastructure Improvements for Hattie Carthan Urban Farm

Community Partner: Hattie Carthan Herban Farm, Bedford Stuyvesant
This project engages a community garden’s members in hands-on, minds-on activities by making tangible improvements that inspire future growth. The project worked to build herb garden retaining walls with mosaic, a solar water fountain, a wooden platform pagoda, and an encasement for the outhouse.
Pratt Faculty:  Kelly Horrigan, Adjunct Associate Professor in Fashion Design
Pratt Students:
Claire McKinney, Undergraduate student 
Taylor Engel, Undergraduate student
Kate Selden, Graduate Student in Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development, M.S. in City and Regional Planning
Georges Ekwensi, Graduate Student in Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development, M.S. in City and Regional Planning

Lowlands
Community Partner: Red Hook Initiative​
This project is a collaboration to explore and define an “integrated, community based green infrastructure plan.” Its goals are: 1) to use green infrastructure as a vehicle for a more economically and ecologically resilient public housing population; 2) to address social justice issues in relation to access to quality public space, and 3) to engage local youth in the process of improving their environment, and 4 ) to design innovative, integrated stormwater management strategies.
Pratt Faculty:
Elliott Maltby, Visiting Associate Professor of Graduate Architecture and Urban Design
Gita Nandan, Visiting Assistant Professor in Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development, Construction/Facilities Management
Pratt Students:
Christopher Rice, Graduate student in Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development
Acacia Dupierre, Graduate student in Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development

Suspending Injustice: Alternatives to Zero Tolerance

Community Partner: Make the Road NY
Through a participatory action research approach, this project aims to deepen and expand the understanding of the relationship between zero tolerance school policies and school culture. The project creates creative critical media products to reach a broad public audience (youth-produced documentary shorts, stickers, website, and other digital technology products) and a white paper for policy purposes.
Pratt Faculty:  Caitlin Cahill, Assistant Professor in Social Science and Cultural Studies
Pratt Students:
Tania Lili Santamaria, Graduate student in Communications Design
Alejandro Torres, Graduate student in Communications Design
Morgen Bromwell, Undergraduate student in Critical & Visual Studies
Candice Chantalou, Undergraduate student in Critical & Visual Studies

Open Sewer Atlas NYC

Community Partner: SWIM (Stormwater Infrastructure Management) Coalition​
The goal is to map out the full sewer system within the Newtown Creek, Tallman Island, Hunts Point, Jamaica Bay, and Red Hook water pollution control plan sewersheds. Doing so will produce an extensive visualization of CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) problem areas and its contributing factors.
Pratt Faculty:  Josh Eichen, Pratt Center for Community Development
Pratt Student:  Korin Tangtrakul, Graduate student in Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development​

 

Facilitating Food Waste Recycling and Reuse in Clinton Hill Fort Greene
Community Partner: 
MARP (Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project LDC)
Taconic fellow will design a food waste container for use by food-related businesses in MARP’s catchment area. She will also design a set of visual communication tools to serve as a public/educational campaign (for businesses and households alike) about the importance of recycling food waste.
Pratt Faculty:
Gita Nandan, Visiting Assistant Professor in Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development, Construction/Facilities Management
William Mangold, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Interior Design
Pratt Student:  Seungmin (Ellen) Oh, Graduate student in Industrial Design​

 

Furniture Partitions for Women for Afghan Women’s Community Center in Queens

Community Partner: Women for Afghan Women (Fresh Meadows, NY)​
John Heida will work with Pratt students to design a series of movable partitions that dampen sound and contain fold-out tables and seats. The use of sustainable materials will be explored.
Pratt Faculty:  John Thomas Heida, Visiting Assistant Professor in Interior Design
Pratt Students:
Aidan Chulwoo Han, Undergraduate student in Interior Design
Chen Ni, Undergraduate student minoring in Interior Design
Eunbee Jang, Undergraduate student in Interior Design

 

Raw Fiction

Community Partners: Hetrick-Martin Institute, Make the Road NY, FUREE, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation​
Four writers from Brooklyn between the ages of 16 and 20 will participate in workshops to produce a series of original written work that grapples with various themes related to community, socioeconomic equity, self-development, etc. The workshops will also teach these young people tools related to self-publishing and the work that goes into the production and promotion of writing/literature.
Pratt Faculty:  Christian Hawkey, Professor in the MFA Writing Program
Pratt Students:
Zahra Patterson, Graduate student in the MFA Writing Program
Kristen Myers, Graduate student in the MFA Writing Program

 

Reactivating Public Spaces through Design

Community Partner: FAB Alliance​
Draw attention to the space and to create a visual language that can be used to create aesthetic/design cohesion between the various public spaces along Fulton Street in Clinton Hill by constructing and installing an art piece in Putnam Triangle. Project will create presentation materials to engage DOT and community groups in creating the cohesive design vision.
Pratt Faculty:  Mark Parsons, Director of the Consortium for Research & Robotics at Pratt Institute
Pratt Student:  Danica Selem, Graduate student in Architecture 

 

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