Archinect - News 2016-10-28T06:22:28-04:00 Without the projects would we have hip-hop? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-25T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:01:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mike Ford, a lead architect for the Universal Hip Hop Museum, has studied and written about the relationship between disastrous urban planning/architecture and the rise of hip hop. Essentially, Ford's argument is that the ghettoization of African Americans in the 20th century via ill-conceived public housing projects created the conditions for the musical art form. As an article in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VIBE</a> puts it:</p><p><em>Grandmaster Flash&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Message&rdquo;, Wutang Clan&rsquo;s &ldquo;S.O.S&rdquo;, and Nas&rsquo;s &ldquo;Project Window&rdquo; demonstrate the importance of understanding the role that these conditions created in influencing hip-hop. &ldquo;Hip-hop lyrics are [filled] with first-hand accounts of living conditions in the projects,&rdquo; Ford states. &ldquo;The hip-hop MC used lyrics to create a dialogue, to give commentary and counterpoints to the modernist vision [that birthed towers like 1520 Sedgwick Ave].&nbsp;The MCs served as a voice for disenfranchised communities and often un-consulted end users of public housing.&rdquo;</em></p><p>More on the intersection between a...</p> Is Le Corbusier the real grandfather of hip-hop? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-17T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T15:01:16-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"In the late 1920s, Le Corbusier created a plan for Paris," Ford says. "Its most celebrated portion was called 'Towers in the Park.' [...] Think unremarkable, high-rise apartment buildings. Think low-income housing projects. [...] "Many of hip-hop's most prominent artists were born, raised, and perfected their crafts in those very same housing projects. Hip-hop was a result of the economical, political, and sociological deprivations instituted by the housing projects across America."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Harvard University announces Nas fellowship Archinect 2013-07-16T16:54:00-04:00 >2013-07-17T11:47:33-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;My hopes are that greed for knowledge, art, self-determination and expression go a long way. It is a true honor to have my name attached to so much hard work, alongside great names like Henry Louis Gates Jr. and W.E.B. Du Bois and to such a prestigious and historical institution, and all in the name of the music I grew to be a part of.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Dr Dre: The Chief Architect of Gangsta Rap Archinect 2012-10-09T17:58:00-04:00 >2012-10-11T20:16:41-04:00 <img src="" width="634" height="474" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A quiet, meditative biography of Dr Dre incorporating thoughts on utopian architecture, Le Corbusier and the evolution of rap. Kind of amazing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Pharrell: Places and Spaces I've Been Archinect 2012-10-05T13:37:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T13:38:12-04:00 <img src="" width="310" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In his own unique graphic language, he details his extensive creative pursuits, including clothing lines, jewelry, and accessories designs for Louis Vuitton, furniture and other product design, limited-edition toys, graphic designs, skate graphics, and collaborations with Moncler, Marc Jacobs, the artist KAWS, and with architects Zaha Hadid and Masamichi Katayama/Wonderwall.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hip-hop architecture goes global Archinect 2012-08-23T13:51:00-04:00 >2012-08-27T22:42:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture related to hip-hop is about built ideas inspired of music and dance, drawing in part from artistic ideas like sampling and rapping. Even more to the point, it&rsquo;s mainly an urban form, one meant to be highly inventive while also addressing issues like poverty and blight &mdash; but also the material desires we associate with aspiring DJs and emcees.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Straight outta Hamptons: hip-hop's architectural roots Archinect 2012-08-01T13:47:00-04:00 >2012-08-01T21:05:02-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Given the hip-hop elite's affiliation with prestige brands &ndash; from Cristal to Courvoisier, from Louis Vuitton to Lamborghini &ndash; you'd think they'd be similarly discerning when it comes to architecture. But that's not always the case, especially when it comes to the biggest stars of all.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>