The Hip Hop Architecture Camp, which will travel to 17 cities over the next five months, is designed to expose underrepresented kids to new careers.
Tech is far from the only industry with a diversity problem.
Take architecture. Just 4 percent of architects are black and only 0.3 percent are black women, according to the American Institute of Architects.
Autodesk, which makes computer aided design software (CAD) used in many industries including architecture, hopes to start changing that by sponsoring Hip Hop Architecture Camp. The traveling camp will more than double the number of cities to 17 it visits this spring and summer, in the second year of the program, Autodesk said Thursday.
Hip Hop Architecture Camp is linked to the Urban Arts Collective, an organization that exposes underrepresented communities to careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Architect Mike Ford co-founded the collective and created the camp.
Ford wrote his graduate thesis on the concept of hip hop-inspired architecture — the idea that architecture could borrow from characteristics of the musical movement.
“Not only did hip hop democratize the ability to make music, but it made it in a totally unique and innovative way that was culturally relevant, that was liberating and also told stories that were often absent from other forms of media,” Ford said. Architecture, he said, should serve the needs of a community.
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