ARCH 793AB: Cultural Practice

Instructor: Andy Ku

H-Town Flow: Flow in Houston Rap to Architecture 

Is rap culture a poor representation of American society? Hypothetically, the answer is “No”. Rap culture is a way of life, and its representation in architecture mirrors the reality of our communities. At its foundation, it facilitates self-expression, uniqueness, and unity. This is exemplified in the southern hip-hop culture of my hometown, Houston, Texas. My thesis project aims to create a transition piece that serves as a conduit for the Houston flow of rap to architecture that expresses social and cultural significance, celebrates its representation, and fosters new ways of learning and promoting peace, unity, and transparency.