Hip-Hop Architecture survey

This past spring I was honored to participate in and be a presenter at the Words, Beats, Life inc. Hip-Hop each-in, in Washington, DC.  This teach-in was a whirlwind for me.  It featured some of most inspirational hip-hop scholars who shared their hip-hop knowledge, passion and inspirations, and the way they are using hip-hip as a venue in their careers and beyond.  WBL is a non-profit that promotes hip-hop as “a vehicle to transform individual lives and communities through hip-hop” (wblinc.org)  I was first introduced to the WBL initiatives by Kevin Coval back in 2011 in Chicago when I working on my graduate thesis at The School of the Art Institute on Hip-Hop Architecture.  I attended a teach-in that spring that which was similar to the one I participated in this year.

As a continuation of the great information I was able to gather and the interest that was expressed in the concept of Hip-Hop architecture, and even design.  I have decided to continue my efforts to explore and define what being a hip-hop architect entails, who came before me and what this means for the future.  In the coming months I will be collaborating with Michael Ford, of BrandNu Design, on some writing projects that further explore the concept and exploration of hip-hop architecture.  The first thing we are exploring is building a database of  anyone who has dove in, or is diving into this subject.  As one of the preliminary information gathering activities we would like to get feedback from anyone who has interest in hip-hop as an architectural or design style.

The survey can be found here!

http://brandnudesign.com/new-blog/2013/12/9/hip-hop-architects-survey

There will be more to come!  Stay tuned…

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Build-A-Thoning…

This past May I had the opportunity to participate in a Habitat sponsored AmeriCorps event in Seattle, Wa.  For one week the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Seattle, Kings County, hosted numerous AmeriCorps volunteers from across the country to join together and get things done for America.  This is a yearly event know as Build-a-Thon, and it is definitely one of the most exciting events of my service term.  Not only did I get to travel to the wonderful west, I also had the opportunity to partake in some strategic formwork building and an intense concrete pour!  Now… I have helped pour concrete foundations before… but nothing quite like this!  The Habitat affiliate in Seattle used the AmeriCorps forces to assist in 3 different projects, I was on the team responsible for ensuring a multi-unit town home doesn’t… well… fall down.  Exciting!  And messy!  I was ready though 🙂

Setting up the formwork for the big pour...When the concrete trucks arrived... we were ready!

Constructing the formwork took a few days, but the concrete pour took only an afternoon.  It took me back to my glorious construction days, and reminded me of how the building processes are an intricate part to the vitality of our constructed world.  Along with hundreds of other AmeriCorps members who serve with Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the country, I help build homes, communities and hope.  Habitat for Humanity, who is one of the largest homebuilders in the country, relies heavily on the AmeriCorps members to complete projects like this everyday and help make the possibility of homeownership available to a multitude of families.  Because of volunteer efforts as a whole, AmeriCorps and beyond, homes are more affordable for Habitat homeowners and their families.

I was ready!
My trowel and I!
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Fellow AmeriCorps posing after a long day on site.
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It rained… and rained… AND rained…

Despite the rain… everyday… a long day on site was complimented with evenings of site seeing and overeating.  Who knew Seattle was full of great touristy things to do?? I made sure I made it to see some architectural gems, including the public library by Architect Koolhaas, and The EMP by Architect Gehry.  Felt good to see a building that makes your heart flutter…

Who says you can't a lever?
Who says you can’t a lever?

Gehry from the Space Needle
Gehry from the Space Needle

Up close and personal with The EMP...
Up close and personal with The EMP…

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Go Mariners!
Go Mariners!
Spotted a Serra!
Spotted a Serra!Seattle3