On Wednesday, October 12, 2016 I was honored to give a keynote at SXSWEco. Take a look at the conference video. Unfortunately my music was removed from the presentation, so you will not see the entire audience sing Biz Markie's "Just A Friend", but know that it happened! This was a fun event with great exposure.
Watch Wednesday's Keynote conversation between the Director of the Arts Council in New Orleans, Bryan Lee Jr., the Hip Hop Architect Michael Ford, and Forbes Senior Editor, Zack Greenburg. — Keynote Conversation: Designing a Just City - Hip Hop Architecture. Mr. Lee is currently the Place + Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleans. He is directly tasked with creating, advocating for, and contribute to, the creative intervention of public art and social impact design in civic spaces across New Orleans.
Michael Ford also known as The Hip Hop Architect, is an architectural designer, born and raised in the city of Detroit who has spent his career focusing on the social and cultural implications of architecture and urban planning on a city's inhabitants. Currently Ford is an instructor at Madison College and the Director of BrandNu Design, where he is leading the design of The Universal Hip Hop Museum in The Bronx. Zack O'Malley Greenburg is the senior editor of media & entertainment at Forbes and author of two books: "Michael Jackson, Inc" and the Jay Z biography "Empire State of Mind."
Focusing on the intersection of theory and practice, Bryan Lee, Jr., Michael Ford, and Zack Greenburg explore hip hop as a revolutionary approach to understanding, conceiving, and generating architecture for a just city.