Five years of groundbreaking innovation through the Research Open Day

This spring, Pratt is launching its 2022 edition of Research Open House (ROH), hosted by the Provost’s Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships. This marks five years of welcoming the public to experience the groundbreaking research conducted by students, faculty, staff and alumni from all disciplines. Since its debut in 2018, ROH has showcased the breadth and depth of research at Pratt, from sustainability to heritage preservation, often involving collaboration beyond campus with local industry, government groups and organizations. other educational institutions.

“On the fifth anniversary of Research Open House, we are thrilled to look back on five years of celebrating research, while looking forward to a bright future for our community, especially as construction continues at Research Yard, our new dedicated research facility located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard,” said Allison Druin, associate vice president for research and strategic partnerships. “We couldn’t be prouder of the work our faculty do. , our staff, our students and our alumni or more excited about the possibilities ahead.”

Five years of impactful research

ROH provides a window into Pratt’s interdisciplinary research ecosystem. Previous years have featured hundreds of diverse projects, and many have grown and evolved. To celebrate five years of ROH, here are five research projects at Pratt that continue to make an impact.

Created by Ariane Lourie Harrison, Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD), the Pollinator Pavilion began in 2018 as a field station and educational tool that is both a habitat and a monitoring station for bees. lonely. A prototype was installed in the Hudson Valley, and last summer a pavilion slice was erected on Governors Island. Later this year, a “hempcrete” version of the Pollinator Pavilion will be built in partnership with the Bee Conservancy on Governors Island. The project has strengthened its support for biodiversity through artificial intelligence (AI) in its data collection. Developed using databases from the American Museum of Natural History, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences Center for Pollinator Research and the Frost Entomological Museum at Penn State, and iNaturalist, the project’s AI model offers a method without destruction for the preliminary identification of insects of a family rather than species. More data and monitoring this year increase the accuracy of this AI model.

Guerilla Science at the 2018 Figment Festival on Governors Island

The Pollinator Pavilion also collaborated with another research project at Pratt—Guerilla Science—on a 2021 climate science communications course on Governors Island for scientists and creative professionals. Guerilla Science develops ideas around research using public engagement with art, music and play to engage people in STEM ideas. Led by Mark Rosin, an associate professor of math and science, the project offers unexpected science experiences, ranging from appearances at cultural festivals to hands-on workshops. Each of them approached knowledge sharing in a participatory manner.

Kingston High School Students Participating in the Pratt Creative Xchange in 2019

Kingston High School Students Participating in the Pratt Creative Xchange in 2019

In Kingston, New York, the Pratt Creative Xchange involved area designers and makers in an internship program for local students. Kingston was selected based on research into its manufacturing history and current community of artisans. From May 2018 to May 2019, her team, which included an interdisciplinary group of Pratt faculty and students, worked with Kingston students in a learning and exhibition space. They provided hands-on manufacturing experience to enable high school students to pursue creative careers. The Pratt Creative Xchange is considering more opportunities in Kingston or other cities and towns to further promote opportunities for creative career paths.

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Image from “Preserving Activism Beyond and Between Pratt’s Gates”

“Preserving Activism Beyond and Between Pratt’s Gates” launched in 2019 engages in archival research and oral histories to examine Pratt’s relationship with the social movements that shaped the school and its community since its foundation in 1887 until today. This has included connecting Pratt’s black student activists of the 1970s to those on campus today and sharing a legacy of activism through an online resource. This spring, the project, which involves faculty, students and staff from the School of Art, School of Design, School of Architecture and Pratt Libraries, is collaborating with the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership on an installation in the windows of Myrtle Avenue.

Manufacturing with Made in NYC

Manufacturing with Made in NYC

In ROH 2020, the Pratt Center for Community Development showcased its Made in NYC initiative that supports local makers and makers by connecting them to marketing and brand resources, community networks, and skill-building opportunities. Beyond their work in local manufacturing, the Pratt Center advocates for affordable and healthy living environments. Since 2009, the Pratt Center has used research to promote reduced energy consumption and costs, improved indoor air quality, and the preservation of affordable housing through partnerships with community groups. This year, the Pratt Center and community partners Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, IMPACCT Brooklyn and Kinetic Communities Consulting have been selected to receive $1,942,500 for an Affordable Tiny Homes Sustainability Initiative to preserve affordable housing for 600 residents of Brooklyn.

Explore what’s new for 2022

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Work with Street Lab of “Multigenerational Active Streets” led by Hannah Berkin-Harper

This year, ROH will share more of these innovative projects. They include a toolkit by Robert Adrianne Gomez, MS City and Regional Planning ’21, which empowers a community to design their streets through collaborative design, and a multigenerational Active Streets Project for Jackson Heights by Hannah Berkin- Harper, visiting assistant professor of industrial design, in partnership with the Street Lab association.

They highlight the range of design work at Pratt, such as a project by Amanda Huynh, assistant professor of industrial design, encouraging children to come together through physical prototyping, even in an age of virtual learning. Selin Miskavi, BID ’22, designed an adaptive cutting board for cooks who have less mobility or strength in one hand.

“New Art Materials for a New World” directed by Eleonora Del Federico

Other projects apply inventive techniques to conservation and art history, such as math and science professor Eleonora Del Federico’s investigation of early 20th-century paintings using X-ray technology and infrared. Some projects use technology to reassess existing forms. Jonathan Scelsa, associate professor of undergraduate architecture, rethinks bricks and masonry as things that could be robotically formed and act as biological habitats.

All ROH 2022 projects are available online, providing another year of groundbreaking research to explore. The event includes the third annual People’s Choice Award, which visitors can vote on through April 15. The winners and other ROH prizes are expected to be announced the week of April 19.

Norma A. Roth