Towards a Hip-Hop Architecture: NYC Edition

Towards a Hip-Hop Architecture: NYC Edition

Architecture and Hip-Hop are both social, cultural practices that have remained at polar ends of a societal spectrum for most of their existence. Hip-Hop, which historically was born from communities of under-privileged youth, is often at odds with Architecture, a profession that has until recently, existed to almost solely service the top of society. With the affluence of certain hip hop artists – Pharrell Williams, Kanye West and Jay-Z, to name a few – hip hop has begun to encroach the realm of design, and ever so slightly, the dimension of architecture. A new “hip hop architecture” is being born.

During a symposium held at Syracuse University titled, “Towards a Hip Hop Architecture,” this nascent form of practice was discussed, broken down into sections of theory, history visualization and practice. Does hip-hop architecture already exist? If so, who are its practitioners? Is there an architectural image or a style that reflects hip-hop ideals? Is there a formal language or organizational structure that it should employ? Is there a process and attitude towards design that separates hip-hop architecture from conventional architectural practice?

This symposium now comes to New York, as Sekou Cooke, (Architect, Assistant Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture) and the event organizer will seek to answer these questions in “Towards A Hip-Hop Architecture – NYC Edition,” by presenting highlights from the event at Syracuse, the work of contemporary practitioners, and student projects from a recent Hip-Hop Architecture seminar.


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Cite: "Towards a Hip-Hop Architecture: NYC Edition" 21 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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