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Our Work- August 2019


NKCDC to host Philly's first Hip Hop Architecture Camp

NKCDC is thrilled to host Philadelphia's first Hip Hop Architecture Camp®—a one-week intensive experience designed to introduce under-represented youth to architecture, urban planning, creative placemaking and economic development through the lens of hip hop culture. 

Participants will learn the practice of architecture by exploring the intersection of hip hop and the built environment through three interconnected realms; media, professional practice, and academia. Hip Hop Architecture is a manifestation of the fifth element of hip hop, Knowledge of Self.

The camp is based on four Cs: creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. During the camp, students are paired with architects, urban planners, designers, community activists and hip hop artists to create unique visions for their communities which include the creation of physical models, digital models and the creation of a Hip Hop Architecture track and music video summarizing their designs. 

The Hip Hop Architecture Camp is a free 5-day camp for youth ages 13-17. The camp runs June 17-21, 9 AM - 1 PM at Kensington Health Sciences Academy, 2463 Emerald Street, Philadelphia. To learn more, visit hiphoparchitecture.com.

NKCDC has been working diligently to engage youth and young adults around crime, safety, the environment, and most importantly their input/perspective of the community they live in. This program has been made possible in Philadelphia by the Claneil Foundation and NeighborWorks America. Questions about the Hip Hop Architecture Camp should be directed to Rodney Mobley, rmobley@nkcdc.org or 215-427-0350 x125.

NKCDC is moving!

NKCDC is moving!

Since 1985, New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) has supported residents and small businesses in Kensington, Fishtown and Port Richmond, Philadelphia. On Tuesday, May 21, we will open for business at Orinoka Civic House, one block from the Somerset El stop.

Orinoka Civic House is our $17.8 million overhaul of the former Orinoka Mills factory in Kensington. Once a safety hazard and an eyesore, Orinoka now contains 51 affordable rental apartments, a community space and a commercial storefront, as well as our new offices.

Starting May 21, please use our new street and mailing address:
2771 Ruth Street, Suite 1
Philadelphia, PA 19134

We will be closed for business on May 20 while we get ourselves situated, but after that, please stop by and see us! Our phone number and website remain the same: 215-427-0350, nkcdc.org.

New Kensington Community Development Corporation
2771 Ruth Street, Suite 1, Philadelphia, PA 19134
P: (215) 427-0350  |  F: (215) 427-1302  |  info@nkcdc.org
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