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“This book 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.”
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 anyone interested in a fresh view of architecture, design, race and culture.
Includes Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson.
“Hip-Hop Architecture is a meditation on architecture's intersection with one of the most influential contemporary cultural movements-hip-hop. Cooke's deft textual and visual riffs merge hip-hop's sonic and performative modalities-remix, breakdance, graffiti-with traditions and practices that inform black spatiality and design.” – Mabel O. Wilson, Columbia University, USA
“Cooke's Hip-Hop Architecture is presented at exactly the time we need a new way to think about form, space, surface, construction, renovation, cities, activism, and the power of a cultural moment that has reshaped the planet. But don't call this book timely-call it brave, urgent, phresh, and a book that reflects a perspective that the discipline of architecture has needed for a long time.” – Ronald Rael, University of California-Berkeley, USA
“Hip-Hop Architecture makes the most compelling argument to date for an emerging movement in architecture defined by modalities of practice-deejaying, emceeing, breakdancing, and graffiti writing-rather than by reference to the Western architecture canon.” – Michael Speaks, Dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture