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Kanye West: 'Everything needs to be architected'

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Hip hop superstar Kanye West has told a group of design students in the US that ‘the world can be saved through design’

The Gold Digger singer made a surprise visit to the Harvard Graduate School of Design studio in Massachusetts on 17 November ahead of a performance in Boston that evening.

Standing on a desk, West said: ‘I really do believe the world can be saved through design, and everything actually needs to be architected.’

He added: ‘I really appreciate you guys’ willingness to learn and hone your craft, and not be lazy about creation. I’m very inspired to be in this space.’

The rapper, who has sold more than 20 million albums in the US alone, told the design students he had ‘tasted what it means to create’.

‘I know there’s traditionalists that hold back the good thoughts and there’s people in offices that stop the creative people and are intimidated by actual good ideas,’ he said.

I know there’s traditionalists that hold back the good thoughts

Harvard Graduate School of Design’s African American Student Union had written to West after he mentioned a growing interest in design in interviews.

‘Kanye led a very thoughtful conversation regarding the trajectory of design discourse and practice as well as the under-representation of minorities in design disciplines,’ said the union in a statement.

Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design, added: ‘I share Mr West’s concern that minorities are underrepresented in design disciplines.’

He said he hoped the rapper’s visit would broaden awareness of design education.

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