Announcing! National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 20 May 2019

Media Contact: Chris Marino, (510) 643-5655, cmarino@berkeley.edu

Environmental Design Archives Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Organize and Make Accessible the Work of Urban Designer Walter Hood

The Environmental Design Archives (EDA) at the University of California, Berkeley received a $95,203 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Collections and Reference Resources Grant to process and make accessible significant source materials created by urban designer Walter Hood. Hood’s work focuses on creating environments for people to live, work, and play through engagement with a community and its history. His practice encompasses both the traditional parameters of landscape architecture and embraces urban design, community planning, architecture, environmental art, and research.

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Lafayette Square Park (Oakland, CA): plan, 1999.

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Lafayette Square Park (Oakland, CA): presentation drawing, 1999.

The Walter Hood collection is comprised of project files and drawings, firm portfolios, born-digital design files, models, and personal sketchbooks. Processing this collection is essential as an increasing number of humanities scholars explore the role of designers in reshaping cities, and in Hood’s case, the forgotten edges of urban environments. Of special concern are the born-digital records on obsolete or proprietary removable computer media. Completion of the grant project will result in an electronic finding aid, disk images of all born-digital media, and collection level bibliographic records made accessible through the Online Archive of California, the Environmental Design Archives web site, OCLC, and the UC campus library system. All materials processed in this project will be available for study on-site. The research potential of this collection and the opportunity to develop a framework and workflow to preserve and promote access to the born-digital files drive this project.

About the Environmental Design Archives:

The Environmental Design Archives is a non-profit, self-supporting research unit housed in the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. One of the largest archival repositories of its kind west of the Mississippi with more than 200 collections that document the work of many of the San Francisco Bay region’s historically significant architects, landscape architects, planners, and designers, the EDA is committed to collecting, preserving, and providing access to the primary records of the designed environment.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities:

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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