Berkshire Residence

Michael Ford's Remixing Design-Hip Hop Architecture

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: 
Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, 17 Pearl Street, Room 217, Grand Rapids, MI
Tuesday, May 16, 5:30-8 p.m. (Doors Open at 5:30/Lecture at 6 p.m.)
What do you get when you give a hiphop inspired mind a pencil and a blank sheet of paper.....?? RHYMES!! .........WRONG!!
In Michael Fords world you get architecture, dynamic shapes and constructs that we laymen simply refer to as buildings but at his level they are HIGH ART.
Michael Ford is recognized in the architectural and hip hop communities as a galvanizer and pioneer of a new era of architectural practitioners.
He 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. More specifically, Ford has unveiled the subconscious roles of historical architectural figures such as LeCorbusier in envisioning the built environments which necessitated the birth of hip hop culture.
Ford’s Hip Hop Architecture research is the topic of articles published in a variety of places including University of Pennsylvania’s annual Unspoken Borders Publication and Conference and Harvard University’s Journal of African American Policy. Along with these publications Ford is also a regular presenter at the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Annual Conferences and has been a guest lecturer at several universities including the University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign, University of Detroit Mercy, UPenn, Carnegie Mellon Univresity and Harvard's Graduate School of Design.
In 2014 Ford was invited by NOMA and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to exhibit his research at the 2014 National AIA Convention in Chicago, Ill., which was the start to his current Hip Hop Architecture lecture tour. 
We'd like to thank our sponsors for this event.
Isaac Norris and Associates(Event MC)
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Start Garden
AIA Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids HipHop Coalition


This is an official HipHop Appreciation Week GR event.
Free to the public, however donations are encouraged.
all proceeds benefit The Love Movement(Official HipHop Non Profit). 501 (C)(3)
(Grand Rapids HipHop Summer Camp).