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The People's Park

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An amorphous profession, landscape architecture embraces everything from civic plazas, highways, and landfill reclamations to the front lawn. Here we profile two practitioners, Walter Hood and Shane Coen, who shape the space in which we play in very different ways. Based in Oakland, California, Hood is at home in the public realm, while in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Coen is one of a growing number of landscape architects who are involved with what surrounds a house before it’s even built.
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  The rarely seen bird’s-eye view of the recently completed de Young Museum in San Francisco by Herzog & de Meuron offers insight into how landscape architects like Walter Hood see the world.
    The rarely seen bird’s-eye view of the recently completed de Young Museum in San Francisco by Herzog & de Meuron offers insight into how landscape architects like Walter Hood see the world.
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  Walter Hood is perfectly comfortable carving out serene spaces amid often chaotic urban Oakland, California. Despite the speeding cars overhead, Splash Pad Park is now home to a thriving farmer’s market.
    Walter Hood is perfectly comfortable carving out serene spaces amid often chaotic urban Oakland, California. Despite the speeding cars overhead, Splash Pad Park is now home to a thriving farmer’s market.
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  Along Macon, Georgia’s Poplar Street, Hood reconfigured the surrounding squares to accommodate barbecuers or friends simply stopping to shoot the breeze. “I had the notion to create a series of yards,” Hood says.
    Along Macon, Georgia’s Poplar Street, Hood reconfigured the surrounding squares to accommodate barbecuers or friends simply stopping to shoot the breeze. “I had the notion to create a series of yards,” Hood says.

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