Why We're Different

Our work leverages the unique resources of a university and is informed by our on-the-ground experience in low- and moderate-income communities.


We develop innovative models for sustainable and equitable communities directly shaped by our on the ground experience with community-based organizations and small businesses throughout New York City. Our policy work is grounded in the day-to-day realities of a diverse range of New Yorkers.


Our unique position as a department of Pratt Institute affords us the opportunity to work with professionals in urban and sustainability planning, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, art and design, and information and library science.  In turn, Pratt Center provides a valuable bridge for students between theory and practice, a link that fortifies our capacity to achieve our goals.


We believe that the challenges we face as a city - from rising sea levels to rising inequality - are deeply interconnected and in need of holistic responses. By connecting citywide initiatives with local projects, community-based organizations with small businesses, and planning theory with practice, we strive to foster integrated strategies for long-term change.