Stories by Elliott Maltby and Gita Nandan

Elliott Maltby is a founding partner of thread collective and a professor in Pratt’s Planning and Sustainable Environmental Systems programs. Her work as a designer and an academic explores public space, with a particular focus on the intersection of social and ecological conditions. She believes that art and design can improve the sustainability and vitality of the urban experiment, and is interested in how communities co-opt and transform derelict and peripheral landscapes.


Gita Nandan, R.A., is an architect, designer, educator, and leader in community resilience planning and design. She is a founder and principal of the award winning design firm thread collective, and academic instructor at Pratt Institute and the School for Visual Arts. Ms. Nandan believes in the power of integrating social, cultural, and economic issues with design to create net-positive urban environments.

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