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.


Official 2019 Portland Hip Hop Architecture Camp Music Video

2020 Camp Information

To be announced Spring 2020!

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Day 1: Laying the Foundation

COMPARING ARCHITECTURE TO HIP HOP

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

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

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

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

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 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 – $5,000 and above

  • Acknowledgment at any public event or media coverage on Michael Ford and the Portland Hip Hop Architecture Camp
  • Thank you mention at the annual AFO Honored Citizen Dinner with 700+ attendees
  • Acknowledgment in AFO newsletter sent to over 2,000 subscribers
  • Year-long presence on AFO Hip Hop Architecture web page
  • Social media thanks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Logo acknowledgment on official Portland Hip Hop Architecture video, posted publicly and distributed nationally

Sustaining Sponsor – $2,500

  • Acknowledgment in AFO newsletter sent to over 2,000 subscribers
  • Year-long presence on AFO Hip Hop Architecture web page
  • Social media thanks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Logo acknowledgment on official Portland Hip Hop Architecture video

Supporting Sponsor – $500

  • Acknowledgment in AFO newsletter sent to over 2,000 subscribers
  • Year-long presence on AFO Hip Hop Architecture web page
  • Social media thanks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Acknowledgment on official Portland Hip Hop Architecture video

Become a Sponsor

Volunteer positions will become available in Spring of 2020, once camp details have been announced. Subscribe to the AFO newsletter to be notified of 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