by Diana Budds
Originally published: July 6, 2016
Michael Ford's "hip-hop architecture" aims to make better buildings and rectify the profession's abysmal track record on diversity.
Over the years, Michael Ford—a designer based in Wisconsin—has written, lectured, and theorized about Modernism as a catalyst for hip-hop. Now, Ford is at work designing the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx, what he calls the "first representation of hip-hop architecture around the world."
To Ford, the idea of infusing architecture with hip-hop is not only a way to make better buildings, it's a tool to improve the profession's embarrassing track record on diversity. "Hip-hop architecture is a vessel that allows minority students and professionals to make architecture something relevant to them," he says.