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Micah Kotch

Brooklyn, United States

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Member since September 25, 2007

  • Focus the Nation at Pratt - 1/30 and 1/31

    Environment, Industrial Design

    Focus the Nation

    **We Stand at a Critical Moment in Human History –
    Help Pratt shine in this national effort!! **

    In the next few years we as a nation will make or fail to make critical decisions, find global warming solutions and fund clean technology investments. These decisions will have a far-reaching and irreversible impact on the lives of today’s students and the lives of their children.

    “Focus The Nation” is a national teach-in on global warming solutions for America- creating a dialogue at over a thousand colleges, universities and other institutions, that will directly engage thousands of faculty and millions of students nationwide.

    *This week, Wednesday and Thursday, January 30th and 31st *

    Over two days you will have the opportunity to meet over 30 of Pratt Institute’s most illustrious faculty, administrators and special guests as they come together and offer a series of exciting programs that are highly relevant to Pratt students, educators, and the community at large. This is a unique opportunity to; explore the impact of sustainability on the future careers of our artists, designers, and architects; see how Pratt is taking on the challenge to reduce its carbon footprint; and to be inspired by real world, environmentally conscience work that is being done by Pratt’s faculty.

    You will also have the opportunity to see exhibits by studios, take part in a nationwide body painting competition sponsored by Architecture 2030 with $20,000 in prize money (the winner will have a full page ad in Metropolis), and meet some of the city’s most vocal leaders in advocating change.

    Pratt will star in Metropolis Magazine as one of the two schools nationwide that will be featured its next issue. So we’re hoping for a big crowd – and your participation will mean a lot to showing Pratt off as an active, engaged and informed community. JOIN US FOR THIS UNFORGETTABLE EVENT!!!

    Questions, want to help make this event happen? We need volunteers!! 718 636 3690 Contact:Deb Johnson 718 636 3690

    *Wednesday, January 30th *

    FACE IT! Finding Solutions To Global Warming. 1⁄2 hour Webcast by Architecture 2030.

    This webcast will offer effective solutions for slowing down global warming along with startling facts that will give you hope for the future. The webcast will run in multiple locations in a classroom, gallery, dorm or cafeteria near you!

    FACE IT! Webcast Locations: The half hour webcast will be available by 9:30 AM and will be shown multiple times throughout the day a reservation ( and we’ll come to your class or just stop by one of these locations:

    Pratt Cafeteria Pi Shop all day Higgins Hall Siegel Gallery all day Juliana Curran Terian Design Center all day The Main Building, 3rd floor all day all day Engineering room 371 morning only Willoughby Dorm Stabile Hall

    STUDENT UNION- Pizza, Music, Body-painting competition 7pm to 10pm Visualizing Global Warming through the Painted Form

    Sponsored by Metropolis Magazine/Architecture 2030
    $20,000 in prizes, winner published in Metropolis Magazine

    Famed Brooklyn DJ Kool Kear will be spinning. Culinart will be twirling the pizzas – and Pratt will be providing sponges and body paint, and a photographer to capture your creation. We will also help you submit your entry on the spot – bring accessories that can enhance the environmental message...

    At 8pm, Pratt will be streaming “The 2% Solution” live interactive webcast which features Stanford University climate scientist Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins, green jobs pioneer Van Jones, actor Edward Norton and youth climate leaders, for a discussion of global warming solutions and some added inspiration while you work on your creation.

    Pratt Institute Higgins Hall Auditorium Thursday, January 31st**

    Morning Session – INTRODUCED BY DEAN FRANK LIND, School of Art and Design 9:30am to NOON

    LEED Primer – making LEED a part of your portfolio The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating SystemTM Bianca Ramsey,USGBC will bring you up to speed on LEED standards, how they’re applied and the process of becoming a LEED accredited professional.

    Have You Seen...? Notable Buildings and Spaces around NYC
    Carol Crawford gives us a visual walkthrough and builds our “sustainable vocabulary” by presenting some notable, “green” buildings in the NYC area starting with the Audubon Society HQ in New York and moving throughout the 5 boroughs of NYC.

    Is Design a Green Collar Job?
    The New Culture of the Art and Design Workplace

    How are design jobs changing as the Green Economy grows? What skills and knowledge is critical in order for graduates to be well positioned to get the best jobs? How are recent graduates creating their own opportunities by joining forces to create eco-savvy art galleries, design consultancies and architecture firms? Moderated by Deborah Yanagisawa, Pratt Career Services.

    o Mary McBride – Strategies for Planned Change o Allan Chochinov – Core 77 o Clay Burns – Smart Design Worldwide o Dervla Clark – RockPaperPixel


    Sustainability and Pratt’s Strategic Plan The Campus, the Curriculum and the New Building

    Meet some of the people at Pratt who are committed to ensuring that the institute meets its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2017; the academic opportunities in the $400K FIPSE grant, “Greener by Design” and a presentation of Pratt’s new building 524 Myrtle Ave.

    o Tony Gelber – Facilities Coordinator of Sustainability o Ron Jones – Director of Culinart o Debera Johnson – Academic Director of Sustainability o Damon Chaky – Chair of FIPSE steering committee and Sustainable Pratt o Richard Scherr – Chief Architect for Pratt o Tony Daniels A!A, LEED AP – Sustainability consultant, 524 Myrtle o Charles Mattiello – Pratt’s IT department

    AFTERNOON Session –INTRODUCED BY DEANS TONI OLIVERO and TOM HANRAHAN 2:00pm to 3:30pm and 3:30pm to 5:00pm

    So What Are We Doing About It? Presentations by Pratt faculty working towards a better future Challenges and successes in environmental thinking, application and research are uncovered through real-world projects from Pratt’s illustrious faculty from all areas of the institute. Discover how much is really going on through the work of our architects, sociologists, designers, scientists, artists, futurists and planners.

    Peter Nekola Miriam Greenberg Ira Livingston Joan Abel Damon Chaky Tula Giannini Ron Schiffman
    Signe Nielson Meta Brunzema Bill Hilson


    Tipping Points: Art, Design, Architecture, Politics, and Civic Engagement
    Moderated by: Susan Szenasy; editor in chief, Metropolis Magazine Seeded with the idea of political engagement and grassroots activism this session will speak to driving change in NYC. The audience will be encouraged to offer ideas and strategies to continue the momentum of change. Open to the community.

    o Letitia James = City Councilwoman; Brooklyn, District 35 o Wendy Feuer – Asst. Commissioner for Urban Art and Planning; DOT o Laurie Kerr – Mayor’s Office for Long Term Planning and Sustainability o Blaise Backer – Director, Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project
    o Sean Meenan – Owner, Habana Outpost
    o Deborah Marton – The Design Trust for Public Space o Eva Hanhardt – coordinator, Pratt EMS program

    The Canary in the Coal Mine – the role of artist as a catalyst for change

    Chris Jordan, photographer: Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption
    Exploring around our country’s shipping ports and industrial yards, where the accumulated detritus of our consumption is exposed to view like eroded layers in the Grand Canyon, Chris documents a slow-motion apocalypse in progress. His fascination for the immense scale of human consumption results in images that are desolate, macabre, ironic, and darkly beautiful and serve as portals to cultural self-inquiry. While these images are not necessarily the most comfortable terrain - at least we know that we are awake.

    Jackie Brookner, sculptor: BIO-SCULPTURES Jackie works with ecologists, designers, communities and policy makers to create public art projects that remediate wetlands, rivers and streams. These projects, called “Biosculptures” are evocative, plant based systems that clean polluted water and integrate ecological revitalization with the conceptual, metaphoric and aesthetic capacities of sculpture. The projects raise community awareness of the urgency of restoring health to aquatic ecosystems and imagine a world where the built environment works harmoniously with the natural world.

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  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
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