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Pratt Institute Expands to The Brooklyn Navy Yard for Tech Innovation and Design

The Pratt Institute is opening new facilities at The Brooklyn Navy Yard in order to expand its ongoing environmental and technological research.
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The Pratt Institute is moving into building three of The Brooklyn Navy Yard, reports The Brooklyn Eagle. The university plans to use the 40,000-square-foot facility to expand its ongoing environmental and technological research.

Pratt’s Brooklyn campus is just a few blocks south of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, allowing for the new Research Yard to be a relatively seamless expansion upon the Institute’s ongoing relationship with the historic shipyard that is now a hub for technology, design, and innovation in Brooklyn.

“We are excited to share with the wider community each year the incredible variety of community-based research and advocacy that Pratt’s faculty, staff and students lead,” stated Dr. Allison Druin, Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Partnerships in a statement released during Pratt's spring Research Open House.

The new building will be the home of various different centers for research in robotics, information visualization, sustainability, community development, environmental sensing and digital archaeology. Moreover, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation has already designated select areas for several of Pratt’s research centers.

One of which is the Pratt Center for Community Development, which has advocated for the site for decades and has recently reported on its growth of green manufacturing. And the Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative, or SAVI Center, which will be developing information visualization tools to advance the missions of local nonprofits in the space. 

"What is wonderful is that once our Research Open House day is over, the Research Yard will continue to house the advanced research activities developing solutions to real-world problems," continued Driun.