Using Hip Hop Culture as a Catalyst to Teach Design

In partnership with the Hip Hop Architect Michael Ford, National Association of Minority Contractors Oregon Chapter and Self Enhancement, Inc., the Portland Hip Hop Architecture Camp® is a week long camp that exposes underrepresented youth to architecture, urban planning and design through the lens of hip hop culture.

Founded by Michael Ford, camp participants work with architects, urban planners, designers, community activists and hip hop artists to design new visions for their community.


Music video created by 2018 Portland Hip Hop Architecture Camp participants

2019 Camp Information

Date: Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2
Time: 9am-1pm daily
Location: Self Enhancement, Inc., 3920 N Kerby Ave, Portland, 97227
Grade Level: Incoming 9th graders
Cost: Free

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Day 1: Laying the Foundation

COMPARING ARCHITECTURE TO HIP HOP
Monday, July 29

Day One of the Hip Hop Architecture Camp challenges participants to find parallels between architecture and Hip Hop Culture as they explore fundamental principles of both movements. Participants will create physical models of “Hip Hop Cities: which identify the structure, rhythm, and rhyme schemes of select hip hop lyrics. The completed lyric analysis will serve as the foundation for the remaining Hip Hop Architecture workshops.

Day 2: Tinkercad Day

THINKING OF A MASTERPLAN
Tuesday, July 30

During Day Two of The Hip Hop Architecture Camp, participants explore the structural components of hip hop music as a revolutionary approach to understanding, conceiving, and generating an architectural masterplan. Using Autodesk Tinkercad, participants will learn the basics of 3D modeling as they are challenged to convert their physical model into 3D models with additional design elements. Students are also challenged to start their architectural portfolios by posting high quality imagery to social media.

Day 3: Making (W)Raps

(W)RAPING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE
Wednesday, July 31

During Day Three of The Hip Hop Architecture Camp participants will learn best practices for 3D Printing through the completion of their Building (W)Raps using Autodesk Tinkercad. Participants will learn best practices for writing a rap verse, as they prepare 16 bars about their architectural projects to be performed on Day Four of The Hip Hop Architecture Camp.

Day 4: The Rap Battle

RAPPING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Thursday, August 1

Day Four of The Hip Hop Architecture Camp challenges participants to create and perform a rap describing design responses to the challenges in the built environment and the challenges expressed in the lyrics of their assigned rap song. The winners of The Rap Battle will have their verses recorded for the official camp track. To conclude the day, participants will make 60 second videos to their favorite hip hop artists, athletes, and entertainers describing their architectural projects and challenging their favorite celebrities to construct their idea.

Day 5: Starchitects?

CREATING THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
Friday, August 2

The Final Day of The Hip Hop Architecture Camp challenges participants to create the official music video featuring the groups’ design concepts for their community, the lyrics from Rap Battle winners, and The City as a backdrop. At the conclusion of the music video shoot, each participant will receive their 3D printed Building (W)Rap to be placed within their Lego model, and a Certificate of Completion from The Hip Hop Architecture Camp.

Sponsor the 2019 Camp

Get Involved

There are many ways for you and your organization/firm to get involved in the Portland Hip Hop Architecture Camp. From sponsorship opportunities to on-site volunteer positions, you can support underrepresented youth and help provide access to education on architecture, urban planning and community design.

Sponsors of the Portland Hip Hop Architecture Camp will receive a number of benefits, including:

Camp Sponsor – $4,000 and above

  • Logo listing in newspaper “Thank You” ad
  • Acknowledgement at any public event for Mike Ford and Hip Hop Architecture
  • Acknowledgement in AFO newsletter sent to over 2,000 subscribers
  • Thank you mention at the Honored Citizen Event
  • Year-long presence on AFO Hip Hop Architecture web page
  • Social media thanks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Acknowledgement and thank you on official Hip Hop Architecture video, posted publicly and distributed nationally

Sustaining Sponsor – $2,000

  • Listing in newspaper “Thank You” ad
  • Year-long presence on AFO Hip Hop Architecture web page
  • Social media thanks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Acknowledgement on official Hip Hop Architecture video

Supporting Sponsor – $500

  • Year-long presence on AFO Hip Hop Architecture web page
  • Social media thanks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Acknowledgement on official Hip Hop Architecture video

Become a Sponsor

Volunteer slots have been filled for the 2019 camp. Subscribe to the AFO newsletter to be notified of future volunteer opportunities.

Watch the Hip Hop Architecture Camp’s feature on the Oprah Winfrey Network

Questions?

Contact:
Candice Agahan
Education Programming Associate
candice@af-oregon.org
503-542-3823