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Issue 3.2

3D Turntables: Humanizing Architectural Technology Through Hip-Hop

This paper explores the potential impacts of hip-hop culture on architectural technology through arguments on humanizing technology, embracing a post-Western mindset, and reflecting cultural values within creative products. It further documents the results of a design research study that sought to explore the architectural applicability of digital fabrication techniques derived from hip-hop DJ performance. By understanding the DJ’s ability to humanize technology through manual manipulation of analog and digital phonographic equipment, new design methodologies emerged—including the architectural application of “scratch,” “spin,” and “cross-fade” DJ techniques—that deploy a set of disruptions to the 3-D printing process with the potential to transform derelict buildings into community assets.

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