Autodesk Seeks to Reach Future Architects Through Hip Hop


April 5th, 2018 by
Autodesk Seeks to Reach Future Architects Through Hip Hop

Autodesk Seeks to Reach Future Architects Through Hip Hop

Autodesk Seeks to Reach Future Architects Through Hip Hop
Autodesk Seeks to Reach Future Architects Through Hip Hop

Per CNET: 

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
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bronx, New York
Cleveland, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Detroit, Michigan
Madison, Wisconsin
Evansville, Indiana
Toledo, Ohio
Toronto, Ontario
Oxon Hill, Maryland
Sarasota, Florida
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Chicago, Illinois
Tempe, Arizona
St. Louis, Missouri
Vancouver, British Columbia

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About Catiana Saillant

As a child, I've always loved music. From different genres such as Hip-Hop, R&B and Pop. Music allows you to be creative and express yourself the way that you please to. I've sought music to be a place where you can be YOU. You can dance, cry, laugh and do all kinds of crazy things to music. That is what makes me so passionate about what I do! My ultimate goal is to build a mainstream media platform that represents and supports culture such as paintings, music, film and provide empowering media coverage to my viewers.

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