Hip-hop has neverlost its sense of street-level sensibility.
Ever since it came to exist fromthe beginning in the city of Bronx and now as a worldwide cultural drift andsocial development. It all started when composing tunes, rappers and lyricistsexchanged the credibility of hip hop, always dropping the names of street corners,city neighbourhoods’, and particular buildings and lodging ventures to connectthe people with the urban environment.The first chaptertalks about the advancement of hip hop and how itcame to presence as a movement. It also mentions notices howthe concept of Hip Hop Architecture came to presence as arepresentation of hip hop culture as a catalyst to present underrepresentedyouth to architecture, urban planning and design.
As forthe final portion provide us a look into thefour separate pillars that were persuasive tothe advancement of hip-hop in their own particular ways;that is conducted to promote and advocate for a fifth column:the built environment. The secondchapter discusses the design influence of hip hop architecture and how thestyle appears. It also discusses how do the basic elements of design (color,line, shape, unity/harmony, form, balance) align with the five elements of hiphop (Djing, MCing, Graffiti painting, b-boying, and knowledge) and terms suchas “beat box” are interpreted into the design of a building and act as aninfluence in the design structure and color of a building. The last chapteraims to discuss about the existence of hip hop architecture today and who thepractitioners are.
The practice of Hip Hop architecture is represented by MichaelFord also known as The Hip Hop architect and as the designer of The Universal HipHop Museum. He has committed into this field by generating cross disciplinarydiscourse on both sociological and cultural implications of architecture andurban planning on its inhabitants. The Hip Hop architect discovers how hip sopstimulates the modern urban architecture and some areas where it failed toreach its goal.
This chapterconcludes its focus on the link of the built environment and hip hop culture,through three interdependent fields; academic, media and practice. It mentionshow the Architecture of Hip-Hop seeks to exploration and understanding of how theurban geographic process shaped and influenced hip-hop into the globalphenomenon it is today. The Hip –Hop societydeveloped from a cultural and art development which existed in South Bronx, NewYork City throughout the late 1970s.Hip hop culture hastransmitted with both urban and suburban groups all around the United Statesand eventually the globe.
These transmissions were produced considerably, as anillustration of art that spread to new continents and consolidated with localstyles in the 1990s and upcoming decades. Even as the movement continues todevelop globally, the exploration of art, styles, including hip hoparchitecture act as a foundation of the elements that provide coherence and astrong base for the culture of hip hop.Hip hop is a fusionof a new and old phenomenon; the vitality of tracks sampling, bass lines andbeats existed from old records of the culture implying significantly to thesociety as an update or a new form of expression to entertain the modern societyof today. Sampling older culture and reusing it in a new context or a newformat and therefore creating a movement such as hip-hop architecture.