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Madison365.com puts spotlight on unique architecture hip-hop camp

February 10, 2017
A Madison365.com article features the work of UW-Madison's Michael Dando, along with the City of Madison and several other partners, in offering a hip-hop architecture and education camp for youth during Black History Month.

Dando is a doctoral candidate with the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

In the article, Michael Ford, a Madison College professor and architect who is working with Dando and others, explains that the bad architecture of the public housing projects in New York led to both challenging environments and the birth of hip-hop. Now, this camp aims to reverse this relationship and allow the creativity of hip-hop to redesign Madison.  

Michael Dando
Dando
Madison365.com explains how ‚Äčeach camp session will bring groups of high school and middle school students together to "dream and design what their ideal Madison will look like." Students will also create a hip-hop song and video to document their experiences at the camp.

Another organizer, local rapper and producer Rob Franklin, explains that the camp will expand the students' thought processes and allow them to reimagine their communities; such as the addition of grocery stores or affordable housing in which they could have their own rooms.

“This is like an architecture cypher. It’s for the people, by the people," Dando tells Madison365.com.  

The goal of the camp is "to get kids thinking and talking about their spaces, their neighborhoods and their communities;" but also to diversify the architecture of profession.

Registration for the February camp is currently full, but organizers hope to replicate the four-week camp later on in the year. For more details, check out the entire report on this Madison365.com web page.
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