Archinect - News 2016-09-27T20:09:07-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149965268/without-the-projects-would-we-have-hip-hop 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i3/i3kena6tjkltv0m7.jpg" width="514" height="514" 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="http://www.vibe.com/2016/08/poor-urban-planning-led-to-hip-hop/" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/21216005/ice-cube-celebrates-ray-charles-eames Ice Cube Celebrates Ray & Charles Eames Alexander Walter 2011-09-21T12:21:33-04:00 >2011-09-23T21:14:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/eelbejkl4r1w95cu.jpg" width="500" height="750" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This ad for mega-exhibition Pacific Standard Time has been floating around for a few days and the bad news is it's not an actual campaign image. The good news is that Ice Cube's celebration of Ray and Charles Eames is totally real. A rep for PST tells us this ad is "an unapproved rough concept" that was leaked, but she adds that "The ads for the campaign featuring Ice Cube and Eames will be released in the coming weeks."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Gotta love LA.</p>