Crisis – Emmanuel Pratt
Emmanuel Pratt is an Artist, Urban Designer, and MacArthur Fellow. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Sweet Water Foundation (SWF), a non-profit organization that utilizes agriculture, woodworking, art, experiential education, and community-scale production to transform so-called ‘blighted’ spaces and abandoned buildings into economically and ecologically productive community assets.
Emmanuel has spent the last decade developing the model of Regenerative Neighborhood Development (RND). RND is an urban acupuncture-inspired design process that cultivates acts of civic arts and participatory design to reimagine the urban ecology of the built environment. He has applied this model to transform four contiguous city blocks into what has come to be known as The Commonwealth located at the intersection of Washington Park and Englewood on Chicago’s South Side.
Emmanuel was a Visiting Lecturer at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, a Harvard GSD Loeb Fellow in 2017, and a 2019 Joyce Award recipient.
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