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Landscape Architect, Walter Hood preps for installation

Posted on June 17, 2011 11:28 AM

Audi Progress on Powell Street

At the NorCal facility in Oakland, Walter Hood pays a visit to examine the railings, which are the first of the custom-designed elements to be completed. And that means individual aluminum pieces were cut to specification, twisted, welded together, polished, sand blasted, power washed, and powder coated. And there’s probably a half-dozen steps in between that we’re skipping. It’s NorCal’s job tobring Walter’s vision to life, because when it comes to bending and twisting metal, they’re the experts.

And while railings may sound simple, these are anything but. Necessary for providing a barrier between the space and the street beyond it, Walter’s vision, as with everything else, transcends the expected by imagining an undulating ribbon of aluminum running nearly the length of the space. So, as you might imagine, seeing palette after palette stacked with sections of railing like this one is a very good sign. Next stop, Powell Street.

Audi Progress on Powell Street

About Audi Progress - Powell StreetAbout Audi Progress - Powell Street

Design. It's in our DNA. It's why we believe that a boldly designed car deserves a boldly designed world. A world that lives up to the same philosophy of uncompromising craftsmanship and innovation that defines our cars. So we launched the Audi Design Project: Progress on Powell Street. An urban design initiative inspired by the all-new Audi A7, with the mission to re-imagine the world beyond our cars. We took two of the most storied and overcrowded blocks in San Francisco, and set out to redefine the experience.