Walter Hood in conversation with David Brown

Join the Chicago Architecture Biennial for a program featuring MacArthur Fellow, 2019 CAB Contributor, and landscape and public artist Walter Hood in conversation with CAB 2021 Artistic Director David Brown. Hood and Brown will discuss their respective practices and questions about urbanism and the future of cities on the occasion of the announcement of the fourth edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial: The Available City. 

Walter Hood
Artist, designer, and educator Walter Hood founded Hood Design Studio in Oakland, California, in 1992. He is a 2019 McArthur Foundation Fellow. Believing that everyone needs beauty in their lives, Hood makes use of everyday objects for landscape design and public sculpture that generate new apertures through which to see the emergent beauty, strangeness, and idiosyncrasies of urban space. His firm’s nationally recognized projects include the de Young Museum gardens in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park; the Broad Museum Plaza, Los Angeles; and the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York. The studio has received numerous honors, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Award for Collaborative Achievement and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Design. In addition to serving as creative director of his eponymous firm, Hood is professor of landscape architecture, environmental planning, and urban design at the University of California, Berkeley.

David Brown
David Brown is the Artistic Director of the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Brown is a Chicago-based designer, researcher, and educator. His work investigates non-hierarchical, flexible, and variable approaches to urban design within The Available City, an ongoing speculation on the potential of Chicago’s city-owned vacant land. Brown’s work has been exhibited in the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012), the Chicago Cultural Center’s Expo 72 (2013), the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015), and received a grant from the Graham Foundation in 2011. Writing includes the book Noise Orders: Jazz, Improvisation, and Architecture (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and essays “Curious Mixtures” in Center 18: Music in Architecture—Architecture in Music (Center for American Architecture and Design, 2014, Michael Benedikt, ed.) and “Lots Will Vary in The Available City” in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (Oxford University Press, 2016, George Lewis and Ben Piekut, eds.). Brown has lectured on his work at Columbia University’s Center for Jazz Studies and the Politecno di Milano and has taught at Florida A&M University and Rice University. He is currently a Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). 

Left: Courtesy Hood Design Studio; Right: © Chicago Architecture Biennial / Nathan Keay, 2020