Emmanuel Pratt, artist, architect, and community organizer tells the story of his co-founded non-profit: Sweet Water Foundation. Emmanuel discusses the deep-rooted inequalities of Chicago’s western and southern neighborhoods and how Sweet Water Foundation’s model of urban regeneration integrates sustainable and circular community development. By joining forces between teachers, students, volunteers & locals, SWF is able to educate, grow food, teach valuable skills, provide space for meetings, and so much more. This is community work at its most effective.
Emmanuel Pratt is co-founder and Executive Director of the Sweet Water Foundation and MacArthur Fellow. Emmanuel’s professional and academic work has involved explorations and investigations in such topics as architecture, urbanization, race, identity, gentrification, and most recently transformative processes of community economic development. Emmanuel was a Charles Moore Visiting Lecturer at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, and is currently a Visiting Lecturer for Environmental and Urban Studies Program at the University of Chicago. His education includes a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, followed by a Masters of Science in architecture and urban design from Columbia University and a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
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