MFA Interior Design Pratt School of Architecture/MS Sustainable Environmental Systems
Project Name: Resilience and Recovery: Corridor
Project Website: https://prattshows.pratt.edu/2021/portfolios/kats-tamanaha
How are emerging designers helping NYC rebuild and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and build a more equitable future? Kats Tamanaha, the first student to complete a dual MFA in Interior Design and MS in Sustainable Environmental Systems, proposes an integrative green infrastructure and urban agriculture master plan for the six-superblock NYCHA campus in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Transforming the existing streetscape into a series of interconnected agricultural corridors harvests rainwater for self-sustaining irrigation, provides immediate access to fresh produce, mitigates air pollution and obesity-related health impacts, decreases the urban heat island effect, and creates long-term economic growth for local residents.