HIP HOP ARCHITECTURE 101

Hip Hop has established itself as a gravitas culture that crosses borders of race, ethnicity, class, and religion. Members of the Hip Hop Generation carry the residue of the culture into all spaces they inhabit and their individual works are seasoned with the flavor of hip hop and architecture is not exempt.

Hip Hop Architecture explores the intersection of Hip Hop culture and the built environment through three interconnected realms; media, professional practice, and academia. The goal of Hip Hop Architecture is to increase the number of underrepresented populations in the practice of architecture while simultaneously creating a new approach to architecture and design, one based on the Hip Hop's founding elements (DJ, Emcee, Graffiti and B-Boy/ B-Girl). Hip Hop Architecture is a manifestation of the widely accepted fifth element of Hip Hop, Knowledge of Self.

The Hip Hop Architect explores how hip hop lyrics provide an evaluation of modern urban architecture and some of the areas where it went wrong. Born and raised in Detroit, Michael Ford, The Hip Hop Architect, is the designer of The Universal Hip Hop Museum.