I am honored to be asked to be invited to judge The American Institute of Architect’s third annual I Look Up Film Challenge which invites architects and filmmakers to collaborate in bringing architectural stories to life. This year’s challenge calls for films that highlight projects and architects that are helping to change communities for the better.
On June 7, 2017, ESPN Undefeated featured The Hip Hop Architecture Camp.
On the final day of AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, a panel of innovators and a famed behavioral scientist took the stage in Orlando with a theme of "Anticipate Change," addressing what's next for architecture and design's evolution.
The panel, led by Frances Anderton, host of DnA: Design and Architecture, featured Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA; Cheryl McAfee, FAIA; and Nóra Demeter, Intl. Assoc. AIA, all speaking to the opportunities at architecture's frontier. "The theme today should be called 'affect change,' because each of these designers is really trying, and achieving, to steer the profession in new directions in terms of access and architectural expression itself," Anderton said.
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