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Materials Research

Resources to help artists and designers with materials research.

CSDS Materials Resource Center

The Center for Sustainable Design Strategies (CSDS) is the hub on Pratt's campus for sustainable design practices. CSDS includes the Materials Resource Center, showcasing approximately 100 samples of materials that have a lower impact on the environment and health than other traditional materials. Samples vary but include wood, textiles, metals, and glass. Information about these materials can be accessed on the CSDS website, under the Materials Reference Library. In addition to this collection, CSDS provides classroom and project-level instruction on sustainable materials and life-cycle research.

Location: Engineering, Basement 3A

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm; Friday by appointment


Phone: 718-399-4281

Material ConneXion

As part of the Libraries' subscription to the online resource, Material ConneXion, students can visit the company's New York-based Materials Library.

Appointments required. Contact Michael LaGreca to arrange a visit: 212-842-2046,

Location: 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10020 

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm

Phone: 212-842-2050



Interior Design Resource Center

The Interior Design Resource Center offers a circulating collection of a large variety of materials including textiles, carpet, linoleum, flooring, and glass. Items can be borrowed for two weeks at a time, with one 2-week renewal. In addition to materials, the Center collects interior design magazines and related reference materials, like the Sweet's catalog. Also available is one computer workstation with a scanner and printer.

Location: Pratt Studios, First Floor 

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am-8pm (Fall & Spring semesters)

Phone: 718‐636‐3595