by Walter Hood (Author), Grace Mitchell Tada (Author)
“Do black landscapes matter?” goes to the heart of American history. The country’s landscape comprises the remains of many different things; from the slave plantations to the divided cities of today, from the settlements of formerly enslaved people to the freedom-seeking migrations to the north. Also, Black landscapes are important because they show how things are. Walter Hood is a well-known landscape designer and public artist. In this essential new collection, he brings together different landscape architects, planners, and scholars to examine how race, memory, and meaning are connected in the American landscape.
Essayists also look at different places in the United States, like New Orleans, Charlotte, Milwaukee, and Detroit, to show racism in the built environment. They discuss how black geographies and cultural landscapes are often erased. Contributors use case studies, critiques, and calls to action to show how inadequate, standard representations of a landscape hurt communities of colour. Consequently examining how public design and preservation efforts might help people in these areas. In a culture where historical omissions and false stories can cause people to lose interest in minority communities. Designers, planners, artists, and residents must develop new ways to get people interested again. Undoubtedly, Black people have built and changed America in ways we don’t fully understand. Black Landscapes Matter is an important reminder that these histories and spaces must be recognised and dealt with to understand America’s past and future.
Consequently, the National Design Award for Landscape Architecture was given to HOOD Design in 2009.
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