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Soft Goods – Design Studio

Soft Goods – Design Studio



The Soft Goods Design Studio explores product design that uses materials that are not rigid. Combining the skills of a fashion designer and the design approach of an industrial designer this class creates a unique way to solve a specific set of design criteria. The goal of this course is to give a basic overview of technical pattern making used in creating products in fabric or other soft materials.


Wearable Technology – Design Studio

Wearable Technology – Design Studio

NASA Wearable Technology Design Studio

During the course of the NASA Wearable Technology Design Studio, students research and develop solutions for specific problems faced by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.  Using a more scientific approach to product design, student groups develop a series of wearable technology projects using Arduino and various electronic sensors, actuators, LEDs and other devices while conducting design research.  The focus is to improve astronauts’ efficiency, safety and health during space flight.  Students work closely with our NASA mentor to identify current needs, and also collaborate with engineers from partner universities and industries.

Mars Transit Habitat – Space Studio

Mars Transit Habitat

Outcomes projects

Course Objective

xHab – Human Centered Space Studio, Mars Transit Habitat and Mars Surface Habitat.

Awarded a 2016 NASA eXploration (X-HAB) Innovation Grant, this course provides undergraduate and graduate students from the Schools of Architecture and Design the opportunity to work together and in direct association with NASA astronauts, scientists, physicists and engineers.

Students in this collaborative, full-year design course, co–taught by Michael Morris and Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman,, designed a transit habitat for manned mission to Mars in the fall semester of 2015 and built the actual test prototype(s) in the spring term of 2016.

Pratt’s Industrial Design and Architecture students worked scientists, engineers and astronauts from NASA as well as consulting professors and researchers from  other universities on all aspects research, design and fabrication. Field trips to NASA’s Johnson Space Center,  gave them the opportunity to make presentations, study and tour the facilities.