Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2018

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to creating and installing the jockeys, Hood will give a pair of lectures, one at USC and the other in Shanghai. Cliff Pearson, director of the American Academy in China, explained why Hood was the perfect choice for this project. "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," Pearson said. "He also challenges notions of identity in terms of nationality and race. Because the American Academy in China's goal is to cross borders and connect cultures, he seemed like a perfect fit." Hood's landscape architecture work has received recognition in his fields of work over the years. He received the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Design in 2010. In 2017, he received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award. The award described Hood as "dissolving the boundaries between landscape architecture, urban design and public art." The work he does is important to him personally, but also to communities. "Cities are places that we do not tend to invest in," Hood observes. "The public realm includes places where people are accommodated in diverse ways. I look at how to take mundane spaces and make them beautiful," he adds. The process of making things is what drew Hood to landscape architecture. "I always liked Middle: Walter Hood was the recipient of a 2017 American Academy of Arts and Letters award in the architecture category. The Academy described his work as "dissolving the boundaries between landscape architecture, urban design and public art." PHOTO: PLANTER SEATS, INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, HOOD DESIGN STUDIO Above: "I teach the foundation, so we prepare students with many methods for making decisions in design so that they can be literate within the context of their ideas," Hood explains. PHOTO: 7TH STREET DANCING LIGHTS + GATEWAY, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA June 2018 47

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