Email Announcements

26May 2010

Email System Upgrade

Starting May 30, 2010 at 10:00am, all Pratt email accounts will be
migrated to a new server. To perform this work it is necessary to
temporarily shut down both incoming and outgoing email services. All
services should be restored by early afternoon, May 31st, 2010.

Your current Inbox folder will called Inbox-053010 and you will have a new
empty Inbox. All new messages will be delivered to the new Inbox following
the migration. The messages in your original Inbox will remain intact and
be available to you in your folder list.

A final change is that secure logins will now be required to access your
email. Most email clients are set up this way by default and if you use  
myPratt to access your email no change is necessary.

If you have questions or need help please contact the Service Desk at
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19May 2010

South Walkway Construction

On Tuesday May 18th the last part of the South Walkway construction will
begin at the bottom of the Design Center ramp. This work will include a new
concrete sidewalk and brick pavers to match the existing landing design at
the bottom of the Design Center steps.

In order to ensure a safe construction environment the Design Center ramp
will be closed from Tuesday May 18th to on or about Tuesday June 2nd.

During this time the Design Center front entrance steps will remain open.
If you require ramp access to the Design Center during the ramp closure  
please contact the Facilities Office at 718-636-3579 or by email at
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

Please direct your questions or comments to Glenn Gordon Executive Director
at 718-399-4435 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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07May 2010

Public Talk, Remains Connected, Lebbeus Woods moderates conversation between architects Silva Ajemia

“Remains Connected”
A conversation between architects Silva Ajemian and Aslihan Demirtas,
moderated by experimental architect and theorist Lebbeus Woods.

Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 PM
Pratt Manhattan, room 213 adjacent to the gallery
144 West 14th St.
New York, NY 10011
212 647-7778
Free and open to the public

This event is the second in a series of public discussions organized in
conjunction with the Blind Dates curatorial project which opens at Pratt
Manhattan Gallery in November 2010.

About the Participants:
Lebbeus Woods (b. 1940 in Lansing, Michigan) has concentrated on theory and
experimental work since 1976. He is the co-Founder and Scientific Director
of, an institute devoted to the advancement of experimental
architectural thought and practice. His most recent books are Radical
Reconstruction (Princeton Architectural Press, 1997), The Storm and The
Fall (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003), and System Wien (Hatje
Cantz/MAK, 2005). He is a recipient of the Chrysler Award for Innovation in
Design and his works are in public collections, including the Museum of
Modern Art, New York; the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; the San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary
Art, Paris; the Austrian Museum of Applied Art, Vienna; the Carnegie Museum
of Art, and the Getty Research Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
Lebbeus Woods holds the position that architecture and war are in a certain
sense identical, and that architecture is inherently political. An
explicitly political goal of his highly conceptual work is the
instantiation of the conflict between past and future in shared spaces.
One of the most striking examples of his work is his project on a possible
future for the Korean De-militarized Zone. Conflict and crisis are the
forces within which the architectural forms of Lebbeus Woods take shape.
Lines and directions are traced out of a sheer will to create a new space
from the broken forms that are left, for instance in the wake of the war in

Silva Ajemian grew up in Lebanon and moved to New York City in 1996. She
holds a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Environmental
Design Studies from Dalhousie University, Canada. She has been practicing
Architecture since 1996 and has worked with Michael Sorkin and Vito
Acconci. Recipient of the Rosetti Scholarship she documented the
architecture of public markets in London, and with a CIDA travel grant she
worked on low cost and sustainable housing projects for local communities
in Tumaco, Colombia, published by Tuns Press. With her partner, Jorge
Prado, she founded todo design in 2003, a multi disciplinary practice
encompassing urban, architecture, furniture and graphic design Their approach is simple: treat each project as a
provocation. The resulting expression in material, spatial and
philosophical terms aims always for the same result, to raise awareness of
our surroundings, our interactions with it and its impact on us. Silva has
taught architectural design at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute in Mumbai,
and at Dalhousie Univerisity in Halifax.Currently she is an adjunct
professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, School of Architecture
and a visiting critic at Pratt Institute, NYIT and Cornell University.

Aslihan Demirtas holds a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture from
the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She is a practicing architect
since 1991 and has worked with I.M. Pei, as his lead designer for
international projects such as the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha,Qatar. In
2007, she established her own practice in New York where she is working on
local and international projects and has collaborated with IM Pei on a
chapel project in Kyoto, Japan. As part of her research, Aslihan Demirtas
has been studying architecture as a wider interdisciplinary understanding
of building activity inclusive of landscape and infrastructure and ecology.
Her research has been generously supported by the Aga Khan Program for
Islamic Architecture. She has published articles in journals and chapters
in books by MIT Press, Bauhaus and Harvard Press. Aslihan Demirtas is
currently teaching design studio at Parsons School of Constructed
Environments where she runs collaborative design projects with non-profit
community groups. She has taught at Fordham University and MIT and has
lectured at GSD at Harvard University and Bauhaus University in Weimar,

At Ani, a bridge once connected the two banks of the Akhurian/Arpacay
River. Today, of the now collapsed bridge, only the abutments on the two
sides of the river remain, one in Turkey and the other in Armenia. As the
remains of the bridge exist in two territories, Ani exists in two worlds,
at once an important historic Armenian capital and an archeological ruin in
a military zone in Turkey at the border with Armenia. Two architects are
seduced by the collapsed bridge. Their project consists of a series of
visual, graphic and tectonic ‘conversations’ set up to investigate and
interpret the multiple existences of Ani, the river and its disconnected
bridge. They start by revealing the lenticular existence of the place and
develop by interweaving the resulting existences, references and
projections. New York based architects/designers Silva Ajemian and Aslihan
Demirtas work to reveal two stories, two forecasts.  As they bridge from
their respective approaches, they seek to interleave insights and
articulate nested architectural and geographic narratives to create
illusions of simultaneity and unfold possible realities.

About Blind Dates:
As an interdisciplinary and cross cultural curatorial undertaking Blind
Dates tackles with the traces or ‘what remains’ of the peoples, places and
cultures that once constituted the diverse geography of the Ottoman Empire
(1299-1922). Taking the breakup of the latter’s complex history as a point
of departure, and considering the subsequent formation of nation states
throughout the region, the exhibition is an attempt to explore the effects
of various forms of ruptures, gaps, erasures as well as (re)constructions,
including continuities within discontinuities, through the prism of
contemporary lived-experiences. Blind Dates has been working with artists,
intellectuals and cultural producers interested in deconstructing master
narratives to give agency a chance, or to extend new ‘ways of seeing’
contentious historical accounts/events and their lingering effects on life
today. By pairing artists and non artists for a series of private/informal
discussions project co-curators, Defne Ayas and Neery Melkonian, have been
‘matchmaking’ to mediate encounters between distanced neighbors and their
estranged cultures. The exhibition will be based on collaborations stemming
from these critical encounters.

To learn more about Blind Dates please visit:

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07May 2010

Sad News

It is with great sorrow that I inform the Institute community of
the death of Yevgeniy Gorodestkiy.  Yevgeniy was a senior Industrial Design
student. He was not enrolled this semester but he was finishing up work
towards incomplete credits so that he could graduate this summer. Sadly,
Yevgeniy died suddenly on April 30, 2010 before he could complete his

With the agreement of his professors, Pratt will be granting Yevgeniy his
Pratt degree as of September 2010. He will be honored at Commencement on
May 17, 2010 at Radio City Music Hall.

Yevgeniy made many friends during the course of his studies at Pratt. He is
remembered as an eager learner who was open to new experiences and ideas.
He was a strong individual who worked hard and lived life to its fullest.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they mourn his
death. Those interested in a memorial service in September should contact
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Counselors are available in the Health and Counseling Center in Willoughby
Hall from 9 AM-5 PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 9 AM-6 PM on
Thursday to speak with anyone who is in need of assistance in coping with
this tragedy. Evening appointments are also available by appointment.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling (718) 399-4542.

Campus Ministers, including the campus Rabbi are also available for
counseling. All campus ministers can be reached by telephone at the Campus
Ministry Office: 718.636.3498 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . Rabbi Weinstein
can be reached at (718) 596-4840 or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Helen Matusow-Ayres
Vice President for Student Affairs

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06May 2010

Email Systems Update

To the Pratt community,

This is an update regarding the significant problems that have arisen with
our email system. To alleviate this situation it is necessary to
significantly upgrade the hardware that runs the email system. We have  
scheduled the hardware upgrade for the end of this week and to have the
completed system operational shortly thereafter. This is an issue of
significant priority for the division and it will remain at the forefront
until resolved. I will keep you posted on progress. The poor e-mail
performance that Pratt has experienced lately is caused by a number of
factors, among them:

- The effects of filtering a large amount of spam at one time. In
responding to what is sometimes a coordinated effort to flood Pratt with
spam, the servers spooling e-mail are overwhelmed, creating lengthy delays
in the delivery of legitimate mail.

- Setting an e-mail client to check for new messages every minute instead
of the customary ten-minutes. When multiplied by thousands of users, the
constant checking for email can defeat the server?s ability to respond.
(The Service Desk can help you change this setting, usually over the

- Inboxes that contain thousands of messages that get read into the
server?s memory every time mail is checked. Each open inbox requires a
portion of the server?s resources. The larger the inbox, the greater the
demand for server memory and processing power. (The Service Desk can show
you how to archive your email to keep your inbox contents to a minimum
while still being able to access older mail.)

- Large mailing lists can contribute to delays since every posting produces
a message for distribution to each subscriber. Since some Pratt lists
contain hundreds of subscribers and are very active, this creates thousands
of messages per list per day. Please post only what is necessary and do not
repeat postings.

One final note, the Service Desk has been deluged with calls and emails
related to this issue. Many callers are understandably frustrated, but I
would simply note that at this point the matter is out of the hands of the
technical staff. We have asked them to explain the scope of the problem and
the impending work to relieve the backlog of email during the middle of the
day. I will keep the community updated as we implement this email solution.
As always, I appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Joseph M. Hemway
V.P. of Information Technology & CIO
Pratt Institute

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05May 2010

Admissions Video-Call for Students for Interviews May 5th and 6th

Pratt has engaged Mark Edwards and Co. to produce its new  
admissions video.  The company will be shooting on May 5th and 6th from
10-4 on the lawn in front of the ARC.  They have asked for students to show
up with one or two examples of their work (writing students might read a
paragraph or two).  Those of you who saw our previous video (also created
by Mark Edwards and Co. and winner of the grand gold CASE award) will
remember the sound bits from former students about the great garbage in
Manhattan, coming to class to do what you love, we never sleep but we don’t

Thanks in advance for your help!

Judith Aaron
Vice President for Enrollment

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04May 2010

2010 Pratt M.F.A. exhibition to open Thursday, May 13 at Pratt Manhattan Gallery

Please join us for an opening reception for the 2010 Pratt M.F.A.
exhibition in the Pratt Manhattan Gallery on Thursday, May 13 from 5-7pm.

Pratt M.F.A. will feature work in all media by students graduating in 2010
from Pratt Institute’s M.F.A. Studio Art program.

The exhibition will be on view from May 14-June 5.

Komail Aijazuddin
Allen Baird
Polina Barskaya
Trudy Benson
Brian Cavanaugh
Jiyoon Chair
Joon Kyung Choe
Elizabeth d’Ambrosio
Susan Dreifuss
Maura Falfan
Marcine Franckowiak
Kohei Fukuda
Heather Garland
Matthew Hassell
William Hempel
Bruce Horan
Yojiro Imasaka
Itamar Jobani
Bokyung Jun
Minkyung Lee
Emily Lindskoog
Sioban Lombardi
Maraya Lopez  
Joe Madres
Yewon Min    
Vichaya Mukdamanee
Laura Murdoch
Dylan Murray
Laimah Osman  
Yael Rechter
Bryan Rogers
Taku Saito
Elizabeth Stehling
Jason Stopa
Joshua H. Stulman
Yunfan Sun  
Veronica Szkudlarek
Jeremy Szopinski
Russell Tyler
Kathleen Vaccaro
Christopher Verstegen
Bonnie Whitfield
Ana Wieder-Blank
Maxxx Willmann
Siang-Jen Yang  
Ju Hyeoi Yoon
Ben Zucker  

Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011

Free and open to the public
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM-6 PM
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