The Pratt Institute, a Brooklyn school best known for architecture, has partnered up with the Red Hook community to help find solutions to problems brought on by Hurricane Sandy.
Waters engulfed much of Red Hook during Hurricane Sandy. Now the neighborhood is the focus of a new curriculum at Pratt Institute designed to help the city's waterfront communities rebuild quicker, better and stronger.
Pratt created a program, Recovery, Adaptation, Mitigation and Planning (RAMP), and on Monday, architecture students presented some of their solutions to their professors, environmental experts and officials from city planning and the office of emergency management. These students were put to the task of designing emergency housing.
About 80 students took part in the summer course. They came up with all kinds of rebuilding ideas including how to keep the streets from flooding in the first place.
Students and staff said their approach continues to go beyond the academics.
In addition to Red Hook, Pratt students plan to expand their studies to cover Coney Island and the Rockaways.