Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2018

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"Landscapes and built elements emerge as improvised acts, familiar yet reshaped into something new." Hood Design Studio is a research-based firm. "We focus on the typologies of landscapes, human- centered spaces, and the public realm," Hood said. Project research the firm conducts includes archival and oral histories as well as physical, environmental, and social patterns and practices. "These are used to uncover familiar and untold stories," Hood said. "These practices are layered through an idiosyncratic improvisational design process that builds on architecture and urbanism's rich tradition which yields familiar, yet new spaces, forms, and elements." This year, Hood was selected as a research fellow for the USC School of Architecture's American Academy in China. Established in 2016 under the auspices of USC's School of Architecture, the American Academy in China strives to create cross- cultural collaboration between the United States and China by promoting dialogue around design, the built environment and the arts. During his fellowship, Hood has designed a lawn jockey and will oversee the fabrication and installation of it in two separate places—Shanghai and Los Angeles. Hood's goal is to explore material possibilities endemic to trade between China and the West, particularly porcelain, invented in China and coveted by the West. A budget of $5,000 will be used for the fabrication and installation in each city, helping to determine the size and materiality of each jockey. The jockeys will be placed in a public lawn, such as a park, courtyard, or quadrangle. In addition Above: "We selected Walter Hood for this year's fellowship because his work crosses so many boundaries— between landscape and art, place and architecture, design and making, process and product."— Cliff Pearson, director of the American Academy in China PHOTO: COOPER HEWITT ARTHUR ROSS TERRACE AND GARDEN, NYC. COURTESY OF COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM 46 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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