2016-2017 Taconic Fellowships

Concrete Waves

This green infrastructure research project focuses on the development of a skate park that doubles as a storm water management system and creates an active space for youth in Red Hook.
Community Partner: Red Hook Initiative 
Pratt Faculty: Gita Nandan,Sustainable Planning and Development​
​Pratt Student: Renae Widdison, Graduate Student in City and Regional Planning


Chipping Away at Poverty Through Community Design

This project aims to close-the-loop with the Park Slope Food Coop, the Park Slope Community Help, Inc. (CHiPS), and a community garden through designing a collection bin for compost. The goal is to establish a self-sustaining program that encourages the reduction of food waste through community design.​
Community Partner: CHiPS
Pratt Faculty: Jennifer Telesca, Social Science and Cultural Studies
Pratt Student: Megan Lighty, Undergraduate in Industrial Design w/ a minor in Sustainability


Reducing Food Insecurity in Washington Heights

This project aims to address food insecurity in Washington Heights through a mobile emergency food pantry.  Using a design thinking methodology, the analysis of cultural and community needs will inform the design of the mobile pantry operations and how it can build discussion around community health and well-being.
Community Partner: West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) 
Pratt Faculty: Denise Tahara and Edwin Kuo, Design Managament


Whose Streets?! Our Streets! 

This archival project will support the Bushwick community in the collective documentation of their own histories, and produce a digital platform to house these memories. It consists of a series of planning and skills workshops, followed by a series of oral history and archive sessions at community events.
Community Partner: Make the Road NY (MTRNY)
Pratt Faculty: Caitlin Cahill, Social Science and Cultural Studies
Chris Neville, Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development
Cynthia Tobar, School of Information
Pratt Students: Danisley Pérez Bravo, Graduate Student in Urban Placemaking and Management


Bronx Outreach & Visioning

This project will work towards ensuring that any future development or proposed uses for available land are in line with the needs of the community. The goal is to assist the Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice with their community outreach and visioning process.
Community Partner Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ)
Pratt Faculty: Jaime Stein, Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development
Pratt Student: Adriana Beltrani, Graduate Student in City and Regional Planning


Urban Planning in 6-12th Grade

This project seeks to research and design a program to build partnerships between Pratt Institute's planning ,design, and technology programs and 6-12th grade schools in New York City to further equity and inclusion in Urban Planning and other innovation fields.
Community Partner: Various Schools throughout New York City
Pratt Faculty: Aileen Wilson, Art and Design Education
Pratt Student: Kate Selden, Graduate Student in City and Regional Planning