The hip hop movement started in the Bronx during the 70’s and
acted as a way for the youth to exchange anecdotes rooted around
the wretched spatial and social realities of their neighborhoods.
This collective narrative was the common ground on which the hip hop community and culture formed. Our proposal is inspired by this
cultural movement and aims to amplify the spirit of hip hop as
an art form created in diametric response to architectural failures in
planning and housing practices in the Bronx. The Podium is the
common ground on which people come together and acts a stage
for collective expression. Through the creation of inclusive mixed use housing and cultural incubators for local artists of all styles and
genres, this project aims to strengthen the surrounding community
and encourage the local youths to invest and engage in the future
of the Bronx.