Walter Hood: Landscape and Community

Start Date
10/29/2020
End Date
10/29/2020
Description
As founder and creative director of Hood Design
Studio in Oakland, California, Walter Hood makes urban spaces that resonate with and enrich the lives of current residents while also honoring
communal histories. As an artist and a landscape
architect, he has transformed traffic islands,
vacant lots, and freeway underpasses into spaces
that challenge the legacy of neglect of urban
neighborhoods. Recently, Hood has undertaken
ambitious commemorative landscapes that reflect
his interest in the role of sculpture in public
space. For Charleston’s International African
American Museum, now under construction on
the site at which nearly 40 percent of enslaved
Africans arrived in this country, Hood has designed a memorial garden filled with native grasses, featuring a tidal pool whose waters will recede at regular intervals to reveal an engraved pattern of life-sized figures, aligned as though confined within the hold of a slave ship.

Widely published, and known internationally as a
lecturer, Hood is a professor of landscape architecture at UC Berkeley. In 2019, he received both the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship.
Location
Bronx, NY
Distance Learning
No
Course Equivalency
No
Subjects
Design-Build
Development Trends
Horticulture / Plants
Parks & Recreation
Residential Design
Site Planning
Sustainable Development & Design
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Yes
Hours
1.0
Learning Outcomes
Students will review how Walter Hood makes urban spaces that resonate with and enrich the lives of current residents while also honoring communal histories.

Students will discover how he has transformed traffic islands, vacant lots, and freeway underpasses into spaces that challenge the legacy of neglect of urban neighborhoods.

Students will learn about how Hood has designed a memorial garden filled with native grasses, featuring a tidal pool whose waters will recede at regular intervals to reveal an engraved pattern of life-sized figures, aligned as though confined within the hold of a slave ship.
Instructors
Walter Hood
Website Registration
Course Codes
212LAN801DO
Provider
New York Botanical Garden


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