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Yeezy

11 Kanye West Albums Reimagined as Architecture

14:00 - 31 July, 2018
11 Kanye West Albums Reimagined as Architecture, Graduation. Image © Amaory B. Portorreal
Graduation. Image © Amaory B. Portorreal

Designer Amaory B. Portorreal has produced a series of illustrations depicting houses inspired by the music of Kanye West. The series is in response to the hip-hop artist’s recent announcement that he would be launching a new architecture venture focusing on low-income housing.

More than a commentary on West’s interactions with architecture, the series presents an intriguing example of the connection between music and architecture, transitioning from a lyrical, melodic art form to one based on space and materiality.

College Dropout. Image © Amaory B. Portorreal Late Registration. Image © Amaory B. Portorreal Graduation. Image © Amaory B. Portorreal 808's & Heartbreak. Image © Amaory B. Portorreal + 12

Kanye West's New Architecture Venture: Who, What, Why and... Really?

15:01 - 7 May, 2018

On Sunday evening, rapper Kanye West took to Twitter to announce the creation of a new architecture wing for his popular Yeezy company. With “Yeezy Home,” West is “looking for architects and industrial designers who want to make the world better,” leading to a flurry of speculation, excitement—and a certain amount of ridicule—across the online world.

Whether or not you welcome the news, or believe it will be realized, there is undoubtedly an interesting relationship between West and architecture which merits exploration, and which may provide clues as to Yeezy Home’s future, if indeed it has one. With that in mind, we dive into three questions: How likely is Yeezy Home to happen? What might the architecture of Yeezy Home look like? And how can architects get involved?