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“Everyone’s talking about what the world will look like after COVID,” Michael Ford said, “but I want us to think about what the world will look like after racism.” Speaking live on Azure’s Instagram Live talk on June 9, the architect and Hip Hop Architecture Camp founder laid out the inspiration for an open call for ideas that invites participants – including architects, designers and hip hop fans of any creative industry – to consider a different kind of post-COVID future: How will spaces look in a just city? A city which has defeated and dismantled racism? What tools will help us get there?

Now accepting submissions, the call “anticipates submissions in various media including, but not limited to, drawings, songs, models, mobile app concepts, poems, fashion concepts, technological advances, products” and more. From architectural renderings to memes and music videos, entries to the open competition are required to follow three rules:

  1. Your submission must be inspired by a hip hop lyric, track or album title focused on imagining better communities
  2. You are free to use any hip hop song you like
  3. If you submit music, you must submit a video of yourself performing the track
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Submissions are open until June 20, with winners set to be announced on June 22. The entries will be judged by a team of architects – and hip hop lovers – including Michael Ford, Eryk “The Arch-E-Tech” Christian, Woodrow Hoffer, Antoine Bryant, Pascale Sablan, Jason Pugh and Camille Mitchell.

The top 10 submissions will be invited to an Instagram Live talk with Michael Ford (@TheHipHopArchitect), while the top three submissions will also receive cash prizes of $500, $300, and $200 respectively.

Submissions (and questions) are now being accepted via email to [email protected], with more information about the competition – including a list of potential songs for reference and inspiration – available via the Hip Hop Architecture Camp website.

Need more inspiration? @TheHipHopArchitect Michael Ford will be live nightly on Instagram at 8 pm EST during the week of June 8-11. And make sure to check out Michael’s June 9 conversation with Renda Writer, Chino XL, Pascale Sablan and Camille Mitchell, via Azure’s Instagram.

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