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Pratt Architecture Students To Present Proposals for ‘A Re-Energized Society’

CLINTON HILL — Eight master’s degree candidates from Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Architecture program will present proposals and work as part of the exhibition, “Upstate New York: Experimental Urbanism for a Re-Energized Society” during Pratt’s Green Week, March 26 to 30, in the Lobby Gallery in Higgins Hall, 61 Saint James Place.

These proposals will focus on the future of post-industrial towns in Upstate New York.

A reception for the students will be held on Friday, Feb. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. At the reception, a 16-foot-long architectural model of the prototype will be on display and discussed in depth by the graduate students and their lead faculty advisor, Meta Brunzema, graduate school adjunct associate professor and coordinator of the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design program.

Participating students include:

Jeffrey Autore, whose proposal includes a dense mixed-use business district with interconnected offices, lofts, schools and public spaces.

Zachary Johnson, who developed an industrial production and innovation complex optimized for regional and global connectivity by water, road, rail and air.

Christian Strom, who developed an experimental cooperative housing project with spatially complex building clusters designed to catalyze social interactions, creative collaborations, and new ways of living and working.

Josue Sanchez, whose proposal focused on prefabricated housing designed for gradual densification with do-it-yourself expansions (rooms, home-offices, solariums, etc.).

Masha Pekurovsky, who designed an interactive facility termed the “transit materials lab,” where municipal waste is transformed into new soil and products for the “pioneer district.”

Mike Su, who designed a dense mixed-use building with lush garden terraces that capture the exuberance of nature and blur boundaries between indoors and outdoors. Garden apartments, a cooking school and a food distribution hub are connected by multi-level public spaces.

Anjali Aiyappa, whose proposal includes an economic gardening hub and cultivator which is a hybrid between an economic development support office for high-growth companies — a skills exchange, an incubator and a greenhouse/cafeteria.

Joselia Mendiolea, who developed large event spaces that accommodate open-air opera and concerts, fairs and markets with carefully modified landscape interventions and subtle features that measure geological and man-made forces.

January 27, 2012 - 6:26pm


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