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Urban Interventions: Design for Play w/ Temporary Culture

Coming from a site-specific perspective on cities, Tom and Huan of Temporary Culture will present their work and processes within the urban fabric - From the creation of a more playful public space to the use of technology and game dynamics to drive change in neighborhood self-identity; From gathering momentum involving residents and local organizations to convincing governmental institutions and businesses to participate.

They will feature their work on the Go-for-IT! project in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, an urban game dedicated for locals to use, tailored by the local informational practice of Rotterdam South and designed based on how residents communicate and share - both physically on the streets and digitally through the telecommunications network.



Temporary Culture is a collective focusing on public space and information aesthetics. They design and build urban interventions involving playful participation. Who they are:

Huanling Chen is an artist with a multidisciplinary background ranging from exhibition design to video games. Before founding the urban intervention collective Temporary Culture, she worked at music companies, museum design firms and game companies. Her work addresses local cultures and their context. She worked in New York, Rotterdam, Barcelona and Taipei. Her current focus is on experience aesthetics and sustainable urban living.


Tom Duc is an artist working on interaction in urban environments and the digital society. his practice is almost exclusively collaborative and site-specific. Before Temporary Culture, he worked at performance art institutes and research laboratories. He joins methodology and creativity to produce games, algorithms and interactive ecosystems for cities.



Tuesday, July 10th @ 6:30pm

Highline Park @ the 23rd St. entrance. Look for this spot:












We'll continue on to the Biergarten at the Standard at about 8:00pm - address is 848 Washington Street (between 13th St & Little W 12th St).

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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  • Robert J.

    Tom and Huan delivered an excellent presentation. I had never heard of an urban intervention, and I found Temporary Culture's work to be mind blowing. Thank you for organizing this event, Leemor.

    July 17, 2012

  • Javier G.

    Absolutely fantastic. Presentation and discussion were informative and extremely interesting. I also had the chance to meet some amazing people with shared interests!

    July 16, 2012

  • andrew e.

    Very fun. I love the informal setting, way better than a formal lecture.

    July 12, 2012

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    July 11, 2012

  • Leemor C.

    Instructions for this evening: As use of equipment is not permitted at the High Line, instead of using a projector we will be showing the visuals on 2 laptops in addition to having the visuals available for viewing online over your smartphones (iPhone and Android). If you can, please be ready to open the link below on your phones when you arrive. Thanks for your cooperation!

    July 10, 2012

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