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Ekim Tan  

Play the City; City Game; Mersin Citylab

Ekim Tan is Istanbul born architect that has worked and studied in the United States, Syria and Egypt before moving to the Netherlands. Her growing interest and passion in cities and games led to a doctoral degree at the Delft University of Technology, titled “Negotiation and Design for the Self-organizing City: Gaming as a Method for Urban Design”.

In 2008, she founded Play the City, an Amsterdam and Istanbul based city consultancy firm that helps governments and market parties effectively collaborate with stakeholders. Since developing the City Gaming method during her doctoral research at the TU Delft, it has been applied in projects worldwide, among others, in Istanbul, Amsterdam, Dublin, Shenzhen, Tirana, Cape Town and Brussels.

Alongside University of Mersim, Ekim and Play the City are assisting on the development of Mersin City Lab. She will join several workshops as well as co-develop the City Game and manage the collaboration process.