Kanye West Lectures At Harvard, Says Design Is The Key To A Utopian World
Rapper Kanye West recently gave a speech to architecture students at Harvard University’s Harvard Design School , and briefly discussed his belief that architecture was the key to a utopian world.
DONDA Design Lecture Series” was implemented to help students engage in the importance of design in today’s world; DONDA is the creative agency started by Kanye in early 2012 “to dream of, create, advertise and produce products driven equally by emotional want and utilitarian need…To marry our wants and needs.”
As he spoke to the crowd of students, he said, “I really do believe that the world can be saved through design, and everything needs to actually be ‘architected.’ I believe that utopia is actually possible. But we’re led by the least noble, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest, and the most political.”
And although the rapper is usually very vocal about his opinions to reporters, being around architects made him a bit nervous.
I’m a bit self conscious about tonight’s show because I’m showing it to architects,” he explained. “So the stage does have flaws in it. It’s an expression of emotion so give me a pass on that.”
At the end of the lecture, he gave the students 300 free tickets to his concert.
He’s heading to New York this week for his next lecture series and concert, though it’s unclear which school he’s targeting.