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 this StoryMap 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.Walter Hood
Hood’s featured work involves the Phillips Community, a South Carolina neighborhood established by freedmen as a rural agricultural village in the 1870s, the Rosa Parks neighborhood, the former heart of African American business and retail in Detroit and origin place of the 1967 Detroit riots, and LaVilla, an African-American enclave west of downtown Jacksonville, Florida that was largely razed in the name of 1900s urban renewal.
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. Click here to engage with the Walter Hood StoryMap.