2013-2014 Taconic Fellowships

Bridging community development across Pratt Institute's diverse disciplines.

Coney Island Ferry Visioning Project

Community Partner: Coney Island Generation Gap
The project has engaged Coney Island Generation Gap and Friends of Kaiser Park in a community-based planning process to design and implement a ferry landing and park on the south shore of Coney Island Creek.  By facilitating a visioning process to solicit local input about community needs, the project will seek to demonstrate a genuine community need for a ferry landing and new park. The project used an analytical lens of promoting local economic development in order to create lasting benefits and improve the quality of life in the neighborhood that surrounds it. 
Pratt Faculty:
Stuart Pertz, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development
Beth Bingham, Visiting Assistant Professor in Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development
Pratt Student:
Inna Guzenfeld, Graduate student in Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development, M.S. City and Regional Planning


Bridging Gowanus

​Community Partner: Office of Councilmember Brad Lander
A graduate student and professor from Communications Design are working together to support  a participatory planning process for the future of Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood. Working for a client that comprises a group of local elected officials, they have created a visual brand for the initiative and designed and maintained an interactive website (www.bridginggowanus.org) for local stakeholders to track progress and weigh in on planning issues. These Taconic fellows are also creating visual tools for use in public meetings attended by a wide range of stakeholders and will apply their design expertise to the document that will describe the outcomes of the process.  
Pratt Faculty:  David Frisco, Adjunct Associate Professor in Communications Design
Pratt Student:  Allen Spector, Graduate student in Communications Design


TRUE (Trans Urban Education) Project

Community partner: Horizons Leadership Project
One professor from the Film/Video Department and one from the Photography Department are teaming up with four students – from various departments -- to create and implement an innovative after-school program that engages local youth in issues of youth empowerment, leadership, and community development. In conjunction with an established Brooklyn-based youth leadership program, these Taconic fellows will run workshops with middle and high school students and use video, collage, visual storytelling, and other media to explore themes related to urban health, environmental justice, and changing neighborhoods. 
Pratt Faculty:
Sasha Summer, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Film and Video
Jim Costanzo, Adjunct Associate Professor of Photography
Pratt Students:
Nicole Capobianco, Undergraduate student in Photography
Charlie Cole, Undergraduate student in Film/Video
Amir Mills, Undergraduate student in Communications Design
 Ramage, Graduate student in Fine Arts


Reclaim Works: Community-based Art & Design Education

Community partner:  MARP (Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project)
This project builds on MARP’s ongoing efforts to re-imagine the underutilized and relatively dangerous and unwelcoming space under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway as it runs through the Wallabout/Fort Greene neighborhood directly over Park Avenue. Through a semester-long after-school residency, Pratt students from diverse disciplines worked with students from four local middle schools, introducing them to art and design strategies that would support the middle school students’ envisioned improvement projects. The overall goal of the project was to redefine the way that youth participate as citizens and leaders in the design of their communities while addressing the most pressing challenges in the world around them. The project culminated with a final exhibition of the envisioned improvement projects at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Pratt Faculty:  Erika Schroeder, Assistant to the Chair of Graduate Architecture and Urban Design


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2015-2016 Projects

2014-2015 Projects