This AADN StoryMap investigates Places through the lens of the work of Walter Hood and social art and design practice Hood Design Studio, Inc. Founded in 1992, the Oakland, California based studio has produced renowned landscapes for museums like the De Young in San Francisco, the Cooper Hewitt in New York City, and the Broad in Los Angeles.
In addition to his well known landscape-based creations for arts institutions, Hood has used innovative design and urbanism in communities throughout the United States to rediscover history that has been erased through abandonment or demolished by urban renewal. Follow along with the StoryMap below to explore some of Hood’s most iconic works, and explore his transformative visions for urban landscapes inhabited by historically African-American communities.
I use design art to help people see something that’s no longer there.
Spatializing Hood’s Work
In 2019, Walter Hood was awarded the Macarthur Fellowship, known as the “Genius Grant.” He has been appointed as the Spring 2021 Senior Loeb Scholar at Harvard Graduate School of Design. His restorative work in places synonymous with Black American culture illustrates the power of Black designers to preserve history and build community.
Use the scrollbar on the embedded StoryMap below to explore Harlem’s evolution through the lens of Black-designed places.
The Walter Hood StoryMap was composed by Thandi Nyambose, student in the Master of Urban Planning program at Harvard Graduate School of Design.