Architecture and hip hop? Some hilariously white collar architects have decided to preserve the ever noble art form with their "I am an Architect" series. The latest installment takes the embarrassment to another level of performative grace with "Do the Architect," a totally cool dance that they performed live at the annual assembly of hip hop enthusiasts, the 2014 AIA Expo.
"The Architect" apparently involves swinging your arms like a protractor, back and forth, and then moving into the "Point and Smile," a Boogie Nights-style move, akin to the lawnmower or the sprinkler. We don't think it is meant to be ironically funny.
The video depicts what we assume are corporate architects from around the country, shaking it to "The Architect" and watching themselves on a screen. It's a live-action version of the selfie, recast within the construction industry — an urgent step forward. The participants range in age from students to old guys. We'll let you gauge their respective swag on your own terms.
The video is part of an ongoing Youtube Project by YKK AP. They include the original videos, where Brady and Mosby, a middle-aged, goatee-ed pair of "rappers" make light of all the things every other architecture professional does, like lack of sleep and having glasses. It's kind of like envisioning your uncle making a rap video.
Digging for more architect-y comedy gold? In "Energy Savings Tour," two Jehovah's Witnesses travel the country talking about energy savings. We really couldn't make this stuff up: