“Close To The Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture” Curator Walkthrough


Join curator Sekou Cooke for a walkthrough and insightful discussion of “Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip Hop Architecture”. Gain unique insights into the exhibit as Sekou shares  behind-the-scenes details and the innovative minds that bridge the world of hip hop and the built environment. From vibrant energy to evolving urban landscapes, explore how the ethos of hip hop has influenced architectural form and design.“Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture” explores the multidimensional influence of hip-hop on our urban fabric. Curated and designed by Sekou Cooke, and jointly presented by SoCalNOMA, the A+D Museum, and The Helms Bakery District, this dynamic exhibition dives into the rich and vibrant world of hip-hop, from its fundamental elements of emceeing, b-boying, and graffiti, to its influence on the world of design and architecture.“Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture” is more than an exhibition. It’s a journey into a revolutionary design movement, revealing a shared vision for the future of architecture that’s deeply rooted in the core ethos of hip hop: identity, process, and aesthetics.

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Helms Design Center
8707 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232


Sekou Cooke is an architect, urban designer, researcher, and curator. Born in Jamaica and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, he is the Director of the Master of Urban Design program at UNC Charlotte, the 2021/2022 Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, and a founding member of the Black Reconstruction Collective. Cooke is a leading advocate for the study and practice of Hip-Hop Architecture, which addresses the broad impacts of the racist history of architecture and urban planning, opening a pathway for practice, education, and scholarship that embraces architecture as a tool for shaping, reflecting, and understanding culture.

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