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LISTEN: "UVA Press Presents" interview with Walter Hood and Grace Mitchell Tada on Black Landscapes Matter
We are delighted to offer the sixth installment in our new podcast series, "UVA Press Presents," via this interview with Walter Hood, MacArthur Fellow and Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley, and Grace Mitchell Tada, independent scholar, writer, and journalist, about their new book Black Landscapes Matter. Listen above, and read more about Walter Hood and Grace Mitchell Tada below.
WALTER HOOD is the Creative Director and Founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, California. Hood Design Studio is a cultural practice, working across art, fabrication, design, landscape, research, and urbanism. He is also the David K. Woo Chair and the Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley. He lectures on and exhibits professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally. He was recently the Spring 2020 Diana Balmori Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, and is a recipient of the 2017 Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, 2019 Knight Foundation Public Spaces Fellowship, 2019 MacArthur Fellowship, and 2019 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.
Walter creates urban spaces that resonate with and enrich the lives of current residents while honoring communal histories. He melds architectural and fine arts expertise with a commitment to designing ecologically sustainable public spaces that empower marginalized communities. Over his career, he has transformed traffic islands, vacant lots, and freeway underpasses into spaces that challenge the legacy of neglect of urban neighborhoods. Through engagement with community members, he teases out the natural and social histories as well as current residents’ shared patterns and practices of use and aspirations for a place.
GRACE MITCHELL TADA is an independent scholar, writer, and journalist who focuses on landscape, the environment, and cultural histories. She holds a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning from UC Berkeley, where she has also taught, and a B.A. in Art History from Davidson College. Her work has been recognized and supported by the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and the Northern California Society of Landscape Architects.