Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Hood has called his studio a tripartite practice, working across art + fabrication, design + landscape, and research + urbanism. "… urban spaces and their objects act as public sculpture, creating new apertures through which to see the surrounding emergent beauty, strangeness and idiosyncrasies."—Walter Hood. The founding of his studio in 1991 parallels his career in academia—he has been a professor of landscape architecture & environmental planning and urban design at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1991. "In my teaching and my practice, I am committed to the development of environments which reflect their place and time specifically through how people inhabit various geographies," Hood said. Top, Left: "Landscapes and built elements emerge as improvised acts, familiar yet reshaped into something new." —Walter Hood PHOTO: COASTLINES, PORT OF LOS ANGELES. IMAGE COURTESY OF KATIE STANDKE Bottom, Left: "I love that you can have a specific, idiosyncratic, and complex idea for the design of an object or a space, and then you get to figure it out. It never gets tiring."—Walter Hood PHOTO: NEW DE YOUNG MUSEUM GARDENS, SAN FRANCISCO ©STEVE PROEHL & ©FELIX RIGAU 44 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Walter Hood, creative director and founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, California, has spent his career trying to find a balance between the arts— architecture, art, and landscape design—and how they play out in urban landscapes. Some of the areas he is most interested in and focused on in his work include landscape design; community development; citizen participation, particularly ethnic groups; and the design of architecture and landscape simultaneously.

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