Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2018

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making things and when I was introduced to drafting in high school, I became interested in architecture and engineering," he recalls. "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." Now with his own students, he emphasizes themes that include culture and ecology, the city and memory, and race and landscape. "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. His many projects in the urban realm include Broad Museum Plaza in Los Angeles, Cooper Hewitt Garden in New York, Greenprint master plan in Pittsburgh, and the Bay View Opera House in San Francisco, to name only a few. What he loves most si the opportunity to work in diverse environments and collaborations. "All of my projects are memorable due to the time and people involved to produce a work," he says. Working specifically in the public realm is extremely important to Hood. "The public realm is the last bastion of democratic space," he avers. "If we neglect it, we neglect people. I love creating special, wonderful environments that all people can enjoy—these are not just for people who can afford it, but they really and truly are democratic spaces." Left: "I love creating special, wonderful environments that all people can enjoy— these are not just for people who can afford it, but they really and truly are democratic spaces."—Walter Hood Right: "The public realm is the last bastion of democratic space," he asserts. "If we neglect it, we neglect people." PHOTO:VIADUCT RAIL PARK, PHILADELPHIA, COURTESY OF ROB CARDILLO 48 Landscape Architect and Specifier News "The public realm is the last bastion of democratic space," he asserts. "If we neglect it, we neglect people." —Walter Hood

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