FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 5, 2007 #012
Contact: Nick Barron
Award-winning landscape architect focuses on Kansas City
University of Missouri – Kansas City's (UMKC) Center for Creative Studies
Department of Architecture, Urban Planning & Design (AUPD) will bridge the
gap between two historic Kansas City neighborhoods in a design charrette with
renowned landscape architect
Walter Hood March 9 - 10.
For two days, AUPD students will work under Hood’s guidance to bring together
& Vine Jazz District and Crossroads Arts District. Using the
image of 18th
Street as a bridge, this project will seek to
re-connect the Jazz District with the eastern edge of the Crossroads.
Media interviews with Hood are available upon request. 360˚
Architecture will host the charrette at their offices in the Crossroads.
The students will operate from the premise that the creative process can provide
new insights into urban problems and new strategies for strengthening urban
neighborhoods. A secondary goal is to study the role of creativity in shaping
contemporary society, how creative decisions are made, the impact of those
decisions, and how individuals work within an intensive design team structure.
Despite the close proximity of these two areas and their importance to culture
and the arts in Kansas City, both districts remain isolated by physical barriers
and historical settlement patterns, including racial segregation and
disinvestment. As Kansas City undergoes a major urban revitalization, it remains
unclear if the city’s marginalized communities will benefit from the current
Hood will lead the students through a visioning process based on improvisation,
that is both rhythmic and fluid, and which allows for spontaneous change. Both
fourth and third year students in UMKC’s Urban Planning & Design Program will
participate. Partial funding for the charrette is made possible through a grant
National Endowment for the Arts
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Hood is well-respected as an innovator in landscape architecture and community
design. He is the founder of
and is an associate professor of landscape architecture at the
University of California – Berkeley. He has taught at the Graduate School of
Design at Harvard University and in summer sessions in urban design in Urbino,
Hood is a recipient of the Rome Prize in landscape architecture who has worked
on projects including nonprofit subsidized housing, private residences and
prominent open spaces in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. His award-winning
research project, “Urban Diaries,” was selected for exhibition at the California
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of
Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000
undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the
community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts,
health sciences, and urban affairs.
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