"Life in the so-called inner city has always been a major theme in hip-hop. From the desolate state of the Bronx Projects described in Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message” to the poor conditions in parts of Brooklyn and Queens recounted by artists like Jay Z, Biggie, and Nas, rappers have used their music to offer a glimpse into urban spaces across the United States. For decades, they’ve used verses and hooks to allude to the relationship between hip-hop and architecture — overcrowded, dilapidated towers have been the backdrop of the genre since its inception. But that relationship is more significant than it appears to be, says designer Mike Ford, whose pioneering research in the field of hip-hop-inspired architecture has earned him a fitting sobriquet: The Hip-Hop Architect. "
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The Hip Hop Architecture Camp is a registered trademark of BrandNu Design and conducted nationwide by The Urban Arts Collective (UAC). The mission of the non-profit organization is to effectively engage and equipment youth to explore careers in S.T.E.A.M. For additional information visit, www.HipHopArchitecture.com
BrandNu Design, through its Design Cypher Process, organized and implemented a series of unique community engagement sessions in Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta and New York with the mission to inclusively design and program The Universal Hip Hop Museum.
BrandNu programmed and designed The Universal Hip Hop Museum's creative placemaking project, The UHHM Mobile Experience also known as Hip-Hoptimous Prime. BrandNu Design was responsible for the design, manufacturing, graphic design and strategic planning of The UHHM Mobile Experience.
BrandNu is leading the design of The Universal Hip Hop Museum's Exhibits and Interactive Experiences. The design of the UHHM Exhibits inlcuding conducting interviews and design sessions with various Hip Hop artists including pioneers such as Kurtis Blow, The Sugarhill Gang and Roxanne Shante.
Join me at Tuskegee University's Robert R Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 for a lecture on Hip Hop Architecture.
In a one-of-a-kind panel, you’ll hear three speakers who will discuss how to anticipate and acclimate to what’s next for the architecture profession. Moderated by Architecture DnA’s Frances Anderton, this talk features three important voices: Nóra Demeter, Int’l. Assoc. AIA, Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA, and Cheryl McAfee, FAIA, in an exciting dialogue on what to expect—and how to thrive.
The Hip Hop Architecture Camp will be held at the 2017 Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival. To register for the festival, and see the lineup visit Bonnaroo's website.
"In The Hip-Hop Wars, Rose explores the most crucial issues underlying the polarized claims on each side of the debate: Does hip-hop cause violence, or merely reflect a violent ghetto culture? Is hip-hop sexist, or are its detractors simply anti-sex? Does the portrayal of black culture in hip-hop undermine black advancement?"
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"Working to understand how ideologies are formed, transmitted, and embedded in the built environment, Wilkins deconstructs how the marginalization of African Americans is authorized within the field of architecture. He then outlines how activist forms of expression shape and sustain communities, fashioning an architectural theory around the site of environmental conflict constructed by hip-hop culture."
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