Clothing is our own portable environment. Protective clothing can be the barrier between life and death in many activities. It can protect us from unsafe conditions, harsh environments, help us improve athletic performance, and even give us the ability to fly, swim to incredible depth or float in outer space.
In the Design Studio course, students identify and design products, environments, and component complexes of broad scope. Beyond fashion and more than functional apparel, these products are both designed and engineered. Students design products ranging from functional apparel to body-worn devices and protective gear with a focus on mobility and the use of flexible textile-based materials.
This project Big Wall Climbers Camp Ariel by student Jae-Hyun An designed a portable environment designed to be stable against strong winds, resistant against abrasion, fast to set up, and dual-purpose for both ground and wall spacious for two climbers.
The M.I.D program at Pratt prepares students to become industry leaders. The thesis project is the culmination of this 3-year program. The Thesis provides the greatest possible freedom and opportunity for the pursuit of a selected topic. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the full range of design skills and methodology in their thesis projects.
This project, Tandem by Chi-Hao Chiang explores the value of interpersonal relationships through the shared experience of video gameplay.
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.
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 a 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 with scientists, engineers, and astronauts from NASA as well as consulting professors and researchers from other universities on all aspects of research, design, and fabrication. Field trips to NASA’s Johnson Space Center gave them the opportunity to make presentations, study and tour the facilities.