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Can Hip-Hop Inspire A New Generation Of Architects?

Michael Ford has two passions: hip-hop music and architecture. In fact, his master’s thesis at the University of Detroit was titled “Cultural Innovation: Hip Hop Inspired Architecture.”

Ford, an architect, designer and founder of BrandNu Design, has started free architecture camps around the country that teach disadvantaged kids about design and urban planning — all through the lens of hip-hop. The camps also feature hip-hop stars, including singer and lyricist Nikki Jean (@nikkijean).

Jean and Ford (@HipHopArch) join Here & Now‘s Robin Young to talk about the camps and what they hope to achieve.


This rap video is a final project by kids who participated in the Austin, Texas, Hip Hop Architecture Camp in 2017.

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