The Urban Conga
The Urban Conga

The Urban Conga

Manufacturers from 3313 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, Florida, USA
The Urban Conga is a design firm focused on promoting community activity and social interaction through play. The firm was started by three architecture graduates looking for a way to create interactive installations that could begin to activate underutilized spaces within their city. The idea wasn't just to create something cool, but to create something that was functional. That specific function would be to bring play and activity into an area. Play is something we become less and less accepting of as we get older, and it causes one to begin to have a negative connotation towards the action . We begin to say to ourselves "If I play in a public park it makes me look unprofessional" or "I don't have time to play"or even "I'm to old to play". These thoughts are beginning to become the norm in our society today. With the boom in technology causing us to become less social our public spaces are becoming more and more underutilized. We wanted to see how much of an impact play had not only on people but the spaces in which people were playing. So we decided to pack our bags and travel to 9 different cities across the United States. We traveled from Tampa, FL to Los Angeles, CA in an old station wagon that became one of our installations in it self by allowing people to draw and paint all over the car. Along the way we activated spaces with interactive toys, giant beach balls, swings, interactive projections, and had a lot of good conversations with amazing people on the topic of play. The impact we saw was not only the activation of underutilized spaces, but the ability to provide a platform for breaking down social barriers. This quickly helped us decide to continue on our path to create a more playable world. When we returned we decided to start developing permanent installations and focused on working with other businesses to promote the importance of play!