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Hip-Hop Inspired Architect Michael Ford Returns to Alma Mater

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September 24, 2014

Highland Park native and University of Detroit Mercy graduate Michael Ford '06 will speak at the School of Architecture to discuss his hip-hop influenced exhibit.

Michael FordOn Sept. 24 from 5-7:30 p.m., Michael Ford of Flad Architects, will kick off his "Hip Hop Inspired Architecture" lecture in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Exhibit Center of the Warren Loranger Architecture Building located on the McNichols Campus.

Since the completion of his architecture degree from UDM, Ford continues to support renowned modernist architect, Le Corbusier, as the true "Father of Hip-Hop," given Le Corbusier's influence in inner cities around the nation.

"People who think they know what hip-hop is — they can come here and learn how hip-hop became what it is today. People who have no idea what hip-hop is — they're definitely going to learn what it's all about," he said.

Ford's mission is to promote the importance of innovative spaces that are tailored to different communities through a hip-hop and modernistic platform.

"It's a very cross-disciplinary approach to this topic. It's going to be suitable for [anybody] and everybody, whether you're an architect, a lover of hip-hop, a lover of art — it's for all ages and backgrounds."

Both the Hip Hop Inspired Architecture and The Alley Project (TAP) Gallery of Southwest Detroit exhibits will be on display in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building this week, Sept. 22-26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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