Walter Hood Profile [VIDEO]

Walter Hood is the principal of Hood Design in Oakland USA and also a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His work has a strong connection to working with communities and their spaces.  In this short 3 minute video (for Architectural Digest and Delta)  Walter Hood talks about some of his projects and also his approach to design.

“…paying attention to where you are and the people around you and out of that comes the expression”

Walter Hood

Architectural Digest Walter Hood from guggenheim productions on Vimeo.

This Week in Landscape | 15 January 2012

The weeks round-up of landscape news and views

Dhaka (Image: Flickr User Marufish)

Making the city liveable | Shafiqul Alam | The Financial Express
A look at Dhaka and how to address the problems of over-urbanisation, living conditions, energy, settlement and natural cities. MORE>>

Streams of the subconscious | Tamzin Baker | FT
A campaign is underway to save Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe’s Water Gardens is underway as they fall into disrepair. One of the important postwar landscapes in UK needs saving.  MORE>>

Chinese officials commit to sustainable urban development | JACLYN SKURIE | medill on the hill
Chinese development officials Wednesday joined with an environmental think tank backed by the U.S. and other governments to commit their groups to developing environmentally sustainable cities. MORE>>

Britain should have a gardening archive | Ambra Edwards | Telegraph
Gardens are, by their nature, ephemeral. Although those with a strong architectural structure will survive to some extent, the great majority of gardens simply vanish when their creators die or move on. MORE>>

(Landscape) Architect and urban planner Lynn Osgood advocates for Austin’s parks | Katherine Craft | Culturemap
Culturemap talked to Osgood about parks, New Urbanist principles and why city planning is like making sausage.

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Formosa Pocket Park | West Hollywood USA | Katherine Spitz Associates

Formosa Pocket Park | West Hollywood USA | Katherine Spitz Associates
KSA’s intent was to design a neighborhood park to meet the growing desire for more open and public gathering spaces in the City of West Hollywood. The park is a passive, recreational haven amid the bustle of the City’s streets.
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Public Open Space At Cronton Colliery – Ideas Masterplan Competition

Cronton Colliery - Courtesy of Land Trust

A new ideas competition has been announced to create a masterplan for a new public open space and visitor destination at the former Cronton Colliery site in Merseyside. The competition is open to architects or landscape architects and architect-led multi-disciplinary design teams and is being run by the Land Trust in association with RIBA Competitions.

The  competition will be in two stages, judged anonymously in the first stage. A shortlist will then be invited to enhance and present their designs and potential funding propositions at interview as part  of the second stage.

The Land Trust’s aim is to create a public open space and visitor destination, with a self-sustaining  funding structure, appealing to a range of leisure interests and working in conjunction with local  tourist attractions such as Knowsley Safari Park and Stadt Moers Country Park.

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Nominate an at-risk cultural landscape


A.D Taylor and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. at Forest Hills Park, OH

Recently, The Cultural Landscape Foundation announces the 2012 Landslide®: Landscape and Patronage call for nominations. Landslide, the annual thematic compendium of threatened and at-risk landscapes, in 2012 will focus on those people and/or organizations and the sites they helped create. The goal is to celebrate their accomplishments and inspire new generations of patrons and philanthropists. The landscapes that surround us everyday shape our communities and the people living in them — help bring attention to these sites and the individuals who shaped their creation by nominating an at-risk cultural landscape.

Deadline is May 31! Submit a nomination

IMAGE: Courtesy of The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Paulina Park | Chicago USA | moss

Paulina Park | Chicago USA | moss
A plan for public open at an advantageous, but underutilized retail corner in Chicago stemmed from a recommendation in the award winning Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP). moss was commissioned by the The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce to proactively plan for business and economic development, and sustainability initiatives in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
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This Week in Landscape | 8 January 2012

This Week in Landscape – A Weekly roundup of landscape news and stories from around the world.

Mall of America Carpark (c) Google

Paved, but Still Alive(Taking parking lots seriously as public-spaces) | Michael Kimmelman | New York Times
There are millions if not billions of carspaces in the USA and there is an oversupply with many carspaces remaining empty and these public spaces remain hot black asphalt deserts throughout cities across the world. Michael gives us some examples of successful carpark designs. Read More

The Grid at 200: Lines That Shaped Manhattan | Michael Kimmelman | New York Times
A look back at the grid that made New York the city it is today defining architecture, landscape, spaces and the lives on millions over time. Read More…

Waste opportunity – Creative management of landfill and recycling can transform landscape and generate income | Sarah Murray | FT.com
What happens to your rubbish? Sarah tales a look at how organisations and people around the world are dealing with landfills and makes reference to the Freshkill Project. Read More

See the building from the Trees | Sarah Williams Goldhagen | New York Times

How can cognitive neuroscience influnce the way that architects, landscape architects, planners and engineers are designing? Why are architects using tree metaphors in their designs for buildings? Sarah looks at tree metaphors and how we look at the built environment. Read More….

Designing Water | Joseph G. Brin | Metropolis Magazine
An interesting article that touches on the various design solutions to Water Management within cities including Rain Gardens, Permeable pavement and others. Read More

Walk-up windows are good urbanism | Dan Malouff  | Greater Greater Washington
Sidewalks(Footpaths) are interesting concrete pedestrians route that connect destinations, often we walk doorway to doorway with the odd cafe spilling out onto the space. Walk-up windows are a way to break the monotony of street life. Dan looks at Georgetown and a couple of its walk-up windows. Read More….

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