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Art and Play in Cities

Scottish Young Planners Network and Grampian Chapter
28 September 2023 at 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM / Scotland / Grampian / Online

28 September 2023 at 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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Join us for an event on "Art and Play in Cities". This webinar is a joint event organised by Scottish Young Planners Network and Grampian Chapter. This event will highlight the significance of Art and Play in Cities and will look into the impact of the creative sector in transforming urban spaces.

Event speakers:

Ryan Swanson

Ryan Swanson is the principal of The Urban Conga, an award-winning multidisciplinary design studio based in Brooklyn, NY USA. The practice consists of a collective group of creatives focused on sparking community activity and social interaction through open-ended play. The studio explores the idea of creating more “Playable Cities” as an ecosystem of multiscale playable opportunities for all demographics intertwined within our existing urban fabric. Their work investigates how these often once-overlooked or underutilized situations can turn into inclusive, stimulating creative outlets sparking more equitable, healthy, social, and economic cities and communities. To achieve this, they utilize a variety of play methodologies as a critical component both within the functions of their physical work and community design processes.

Through his work, Ryan has collaborated worldwide with municipal agencies, communities, institutions, private businesses, NGOs, and more, delivering a wide variety of work from permanent spatial interventions, temporary activations, workshops, lectures, development plans, and public policy recommendations.

Ross Grant

Ross Grant is the Project Manager at Aberdeen Inspired. He has overseen numerous projects including Nuart Aberdeen, City Centre Wayshowing and Creative Lighting projects. Nuart Aberdeen is an award-winning and internationally renowned street art festival. Since the first Nuart festival in Aberdeen in 2017, it has attracted tens of thousands of visitors and locals, boosting the local economy as well as providing a lasting legacy alongside new and inspiring pieces of art throughout the city centre.

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By attending this event you can: 

  • Hear about the ability of the creative sector to transform public realm;
  • Learn about local and international projects where art and play are used as a key concept for inclusive design.