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How We Work
The Pratt Center for Community Development brings together professionals, educators, and graduate students from the fields of architecture, urban planning, community organizing, economic development, and public policy to collaborate with community-based partners and build sustainable and successful city neighborhoods.
We put the following practices to work for neighborhoods:
Pratt Center staff work with residents, business owners, and other neighborhood stakeholders to develop plans that reflect a consensus vision for a community’s future. Areas of focus include environmental sustainability, economic development, affordable housing, and retail services, and open space.
We help organizations, businesses, and individuals access resources to become more environmentally sustainable and economically successful. We offer expertise and referrals in securing energy efficiency upgrades for buildings, incentives for industrial businesses, and research and mapping for community-based advocacy.
The Pratt Center helps bring together city- and statewide advocacy coalitions to advance policies that improve economic opportunity, the built environment, and quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. Our approach mobilizes participants to act on their neighborhood-level concerns in concert with other community-based groups to achieve legislative and programmatic objectives.
Pratt Center's reports and issue briefs provide a factual foundation for the work of the Pratt Center and community partners. Our research and advocacy also serve to educate the public on emerging issues affecting urban development in ways that help to shape and move policy.
Collaboration with students and faculty from Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development is an integral part of the Pratt Center’s work. Working with Pratt Institute faculty and Pratt Center staff, graduate students enrolled in studio courses in city and regional planning, historic preservation, environmental systems management, and facilities management provide research, technical assistance, mapping, and other services for Pratt Center clients.
Each academic year, the Pratt Center invites Pratt Center Fellows, a select group of Pratt Institute planning and architecture students, to work in our office and in New York City neighborhoods on research, planning, design, and other projects.