Message - Int'l Summer 2003 Seminar on Architecture & Urban Design

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Posted by  Pratt School of Architecture on April 08, 2003 at 20:32:04:


New York City, July 7 - August 15, 2003

The Pratt Summer Seminar consists of architectural design studios, supported by history and theory lecture courses and focused on developing specific New York themes and sites. The program is conceived as a laboratory of educational experiments and where possible, actual urban interventions. By assembling and mobilizing an international team of teachers, practitioners and advanced students of architecture and urban design, these International Seminars will stimulate, focus and create an awareness of critical architectural and urban issues faced by the modern metropolitan world.

This Year's Theme:
LOWER MANHATTAN'S OTHER EDGE: What the East River Waterfront "Wants to Be"

In an attempt to rebuild and remember the past as well as shape the future in Lower Manhattan, architecture has been appropriated by society as a pretext for critical considerations about the human condition. Recently an old question reappears with renewed vitality: Are cities natural or artificial phenomena?

The proposed development site is the East River Waterfront south of Brooklyn Bridge. On this site, which includes the South Seaport Historic District, there are hotly debated plans to build a mixture of housing, office buildings, commercial and cultural buildings. While the design studio will propose projects at various scales on this site, the summer seminar will enter the ongoing public debate through considering the implications for the whole of Lower Manhattan.

The design effort during the entire seminar is conceived as a design
competition. The final jury will select one or more students who deserve
this form of special recognition based upon their studio project, course
work, and faculty recommendations. Prize winning projects will be exhibited and presented at a public symposium in New York City. Non-Pratt students will be eligible for scholarships to continue their studies at Pratt.

Housing is available upon request. Students who choose to live on campus are housed in our air-conditioned residence halls. Rooms are single occupancy. The Brooklyn campus cafeteria and the PI Shop are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday. Our Clinton Hill neighborhood offers a number of culinary options, from pizza to fine dining. Pratt's proximity to Manhattan puts you in the center of the world's finest cultural pursuits: galleries, theaters and the finest restaurants are less than 30 minutes away by public transportation.

To learn more about the program, please visit the Summer Seminar website at You can also use the website to request more information or register for the seminar.



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