The Hip Hop Architecture Camp will join with its national sponsor Autodesk, represented by Sarah O'Rourke and The Hip Hop Architecture Camp's director of curriculum development , Dr. Michael Dando to conduct a Hip Hop Architecture Design Cypher during The 2018 SXSWEdu Conference.Read More
Thanks to Curbed for the article.
"From its early roots in the Bronx to its current status as a worldwide cultural movement, hip-hop has never lost its street-level sensibility. When writing songs, rappers and lyricists trade in the currency of credibility, constantly dropping the names of street corners, city neighborhoods, even specific buildings and housing projects to connect listeners with the urban environment.
Hip-hop is often about place. And, according to Ford, it is place—often poorly designed, underfunded, and cut off from the rest of the city through bad urban planning and structural racism—that birthed the genre. Ford, who has been tapped to design the forthcoming Universal Hip-Hop Museum in the Bronx, has helped coin the term “hip-hop architecture,” popularizing the concept as a lens for looking at the intersections of culture and the built environment.
But it’s not just about looking back at the ways urban planning and housing policy created the environment for new forms of music; it’s how the ethics and ethos of hip-hop can help inspire new solutions for designing our cities."
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.Read More
Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA, is a finalist (and a recently added keynote speaker) and will be showcasing how hip-hop can be a catalyst to engage underrepresented groups in the field of architecture.
“I will be sharing my concept for the Universal Hip Hop Museum mobile experience," he says, "which was developed alongside hip-hop pioneers. We plan on touring in various cities with the mission to showcase hip-hop culture while also collecting regional specific, undocumented hip-hop histories and their relationship to the built environment.”Read More