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Hip-Hop Architecture

Sekou Cooke

“This book is not for you. It is not for architectural academic elites. It is not for those who have gentrified our neighborhoods, overly intellectualized the profession, and ignored all contemporary Black theory within the discipline. You have made architecture a symbol of exclusion, oppression, and domination rather than expression, aspiration, and inspiration. This book is not for conformists-Black, White, or other.”

As architecture grapples with its own racist legacy, Hip-Hop Architecture outlines a powerful new manifesto-the voice of the underrepresented, marginalized, and voiceless within the discipline. Exploring the production of spaces, buildings, and urban environments that embody the creative energies in hip-hop, it is a newly expanding design philosophy which sees architecture as a distinct part of hip-hop's cultural expression, and which uses hip-hop as a lens through which to provoke new architectural ideas.

Examining the present and the future of Hip-Hop Architecture, the book also explores its historical antecedents and its theory, placing it in a wider context both within architecture and within Black and African American movements. Throughout, the work is illustrated with inspirational case studies of architectural projects and creative practices, and interspersed with interludes and interviews with key architects, designers, and academics in the field. This is a vital and provocative work that will appeal to architects, designers, students, theorists, and anyone interested in a fresh view of architecture, design, race and culture.

 

Sekou Cooke is an architect, researcher, educator, and curator based in Syracuse, NY. He is Assistant Professor at Syracuse University's School of Architecture where he teaches exploratory design studios and seminars. He holds a B.Arch from Cornell University, an M.Arch from Harvard University, and is licensed to practice architecture in New York and California. Through his research, practice, and other academic endeavors, Sekou hopes to leave an equally lasting impact on ivory towers and underserved communities.

 

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts (April 22, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1350116149
  • ISBN-13: 9781350116146
  • Item Weight: 1.66 pounds
  • UNSPSC: 55101500