Ford is currently helping lead a design justice movement around that idea. He’s also working as the lead architect for the forthcoming Universal Hip Hop Museum, which he calls “the first representation of hip-hop architecture in the world.” In February, Ford launched a hip-hop architecture youth camp in Madison, Wisconsin, where city youth worked with city planners on the Imagine Madison city comprehensive plan. He hopes to replicate that in other cities this year.
The Hip Hop Architecture Camp is an initiative of The Urban Arts Collective. This mini documentary takes you behind the scenes of the kick off which took place in Madison Wisconsin with local sponsors including, The University of Wisconsin Madison, The City of Madison Planning Department, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, Madison Public Library and The Wisconsin Chapter of The American Institute of Architects. For more information about The Hip Hop Architecture Camp, including volunteering or helping to organize a camp in your city, visit: www.HipHopArchitecture.com
Michael Ford, The Hip Hop Architect took the stage as part of TEDXMadison to present Hip Hop Architecture: The Post Occupancy Report of Modernism. Ford's presentation was the continuation of his national Hip Hop Architecture Lecture Tour, which included a recent stop at SXSW in Austin, Texas for a discussion on Remixing Architecture with Hip Hop Culture, an upcoming keynote at The 2017 American Institute of Architects National Conference on Architecture in Orlando, Florida for a discussion on "Anticipate Change: What's Next in Architecture" and a lecture at Tuskegee University.
Diversity is good for business. According to a McKinsey & Company report, U.S. public companies with diverse executive boards have a 95 percent higher return on equity than those without. Bullock echoes this point: “A firm will be more financially successful if it has more women and people of color as part of its workforce.”
Firms can remain relevant, foster innovation, come up with better solutions for the communities they serve, and improve their bottom line by taking concrete steps to create a culture that fosters diversity in architecture. “Diversity and inclusion does not happen by itself,” Bullock says.
The energy for week one of the innovative Hip-Hop Architecture Camp at the Madison Central Library was going to be tough to beat, but week two was lively and spirited in its own right as area youth came together to explore architecture, urban planning, and economic development through the lens of hip-hop culture while simultaneously aligning with the City of Madison’s Planning Department’s mission to gather and use opinions of each and every Madisonian to update the City’s 20-Year Comprehensive Plan.