In an effort to inspire more students in underserved communities to consider design fields, last year the Urban Arts Collective, a non-profit focused on increasing the number of underrepresented groups in S.T.E.A.M. careers (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics), and Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), the software provider for people who make things, teamed to host Hip Hop Architecture Camps in cities throughout the United States, including Los Angeles; Austin, Texas; Atlanta; Houston; Detroit and New York City.
The camps are free and geared toward students ages 10 through 17. Details vary depending on which community the camp is held, but they generally run for a week or weekend. Students are introduced to architecture, as well as concepts such as urban planning. They also get to use Tinkercad. The kids will analyze rap music for elements such as structure and rhythm and come up with ideas for how they could inform designs. They’ll also 3D print parts for their projects.
Architect Mike Ford co-founded the collective and created the camp. Ford wrote his graduate thesis on the concept of hip hop-inspired architecture — the idea that architecture could borrow from characteristics of the musical movement.
Architect Mike Ford co-founded the collective and created the camp.
Ford wrote his graduate thesis on the concept of hip hop-inspired architecture — the idea that architecture could borrow from characteristics of the musical movement.
Here are the communities for 2018:
Lake City, South Carolina
Bronx, New York
Oxon Hill, Maryland
St. Louis, Missouri
Vancouver, British Columbia
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