Hip Hop Inspired Architecture | Michael Ford

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Join AFO and Portland Design Events for a lecture featuring Michael Ford!

Michael Ford’s talk on Hip Hop Inspired Architecture focuses on three interconnected realms – education, practice and media to expose the subconscious roles of celebrated modernist architects and urban planners in the creation of the environments which necessitated hip hop’s birth. The multi-media lecture will include a live DJ who extracts samples of rap lyrics as dialogue, commentary and counterpoints to popular architectural history and theory. The juxtaposition establishes golden era Hip Hop lyrics as a post occupancy evaluation of modern architecture.

Ford will provide examples of his pursuit to create a Hip Hop-inspired architecture through multiple efforts including working with pioneering Hip Hop artist Kurtis Blow to design and program The Universal Hip Hop Museum in The Bronx. He will also discuss his international initiative, The Hip Hop Architecture Camp, a one-week intensive that uses Hip Hop culture as a catalyst to introduce underrepresented youth to architecture and urban planning. Currently, less than 2% of all architects in The US are African American. Looking to change that, Ford details how Hip Hop can increase diversity in architecture. Focusing on the intersection of theory and practice, youth explore Hip Hop as a revolutionary approach to understanding, conceiving, and generating architecture for a just city.

5:30-6:30pm Social Hour – Food and drinks provided
6:30-6:45pm Opening Discussion by Joe Swank and Jackie Santa Lucia of Hacker & Your Street Your Voice
6:45-7:45pm Main Lecture by Michael Ford
7:45-8:00pm Questions/Answers

Ticket pricing is offered on a sliding scale – pay what you can. Suggested $15/professionals, $5/emerging professionals.

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About Michael Ford
Michael Ford, also known as The Hip Hop Architect, is dedicated to stimulating cross disciplinary discourse between architectural practitioners, residents on the cultural implications of architecture on its inhabitants through lectures, workshops and exhibits. Ford’s Hip Hop Architecture research has been published in a variety of places including Fast Company, ESPN, Vibe Magazine, and NBC’s The TODAY Show. Michael Ford was invited to keynote The 2018 Toronto Interior Design Show, The 2017 American Institute of Architects National Conference on Architecture, The 2016 South by Southwest Eco Conference and to give a TEDX on Hip Hop Architecture. Through his years of research, publications, and lectures, Michael Ford is recognized in the architectural and Hip Hop communities as a galvanizer and pioneer of a new era of architectural practitioners.

About Portland Design Events
Portland Design Events is the premier website for finding and sharing architecture and design-related events in Portland, Oregon. We are a master calendar, posting and actively sharing events for dozens of local organizations and individuals through our website, weekly email digests, and social media channels. Our mission is to make it easy for members of our community to find and participate in conversations about the impact of design in our everyday lives.

About the Portland Design Events Lecture Series
We are proud to have recently launched our quarterly lecture series, bringing innovative designers from around the world to share their work and process with the Portland community. Presentations range on a variety of design-related topics, from architecture and landscape to interiors, urban design and more. The series brings outside, world-class perspectives to Portland, inspiring our local designers to create a more beautiful, resilient, and equitable future.

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The Architecture Foundation of Oregon supports Oregon’s quality of life and creates awareness of our designed environments through education, engagement, & inspiration.

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June 14, 2018 5:30 pm
June 14, 2018 8:00 pm


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