Hip-hop architecture. Is it a paradox? Or is it inevitable? On the one side: structured formality by necessity. On the other: a powerful counterculture defying formality. It seems that hip-hop doesn’t want to be architecture; and architecture doesn’t want to be hip-hop...yet.
Sekou Cooke puts hip-hop within the historical context of other cultural movements and their influence on architecture. He suggests that as a dominant cultural movement of our generation, hip-hop is poised to produce its own architecture.
Sekou is a Jamaican-born, architectural practitioner and educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture and has taught architectural studios and seminars at New York City College of Technology, California College of the Arts, and Academy of Art University. Sekou received a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard, a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell, and is a licensed architect in the states of New York and California.
Sekou's current research centers around full-scale prototyping techniques and the emergent field of Hip-Hop Architecture
Sekou Cooke Studio: sekoucooke.com
The Fifth Pillar: The Case for Hip Hop Architecture (2014) ArchDaily
Alejandro Aravena Elemental Project: Quinta Monroy
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