August 01, 2019

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CANCELLED | Equity in Architecture: Michael Ford, Hip-Hop Architecture

4:00 PM
Medallion Theater at Plexpod Westport | 300 E. 39th St Kansas City, MO 64111 Map


Michael Ford, NOMA, Assoc. AIA is the creator of the Hip Hop Architecture Camp™ that introduces under-represented youth to architecture, urban planning, creative place making and economic development through the lens of hip hop culture. 

Ford has spent the past decade working to blur the lines between professional practice and academia. He is dedicated to stimulating cross disciplinary discourse between practitioners and residents on the sociological and cultural implications of architecture and urban planning on its inhabitants.

Mr. Ford will discuss the intersection of hip-hop and architecture, the impact of architecture and urban form on the history of hip-hop, and using the two to approach teaching the common skills of creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking to young aspiring designers, especially in under-represented communities.

As part of the event, local Kansas City area students will come on stage to share their experience at the Hip Hop Architecture Camp this summer. You can view examples of music videos produced by camp attendees here.

Michael has been featured on NPR, the Oprah Winfrey Network, TEDx, and Rolling Stone and was a keynote speaker at AIA Conference on Architecture ‘17 in Orlando, the 2016 SXSW Eco Conference, and a main stage speaker at the 2019 NOMA Conference in Chicago.

Thank you to The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for sponsoring this event.

Food and beverages provided by The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

August 1 | 4:00pm-6:00pm
Medallion Theater at Plexpod Westport
300 E. 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

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