Urban Matter Inc is an interdisciplinary experience design studio based out of New Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It was founded in 2012 by Shagun Singh and Rick Lin.
Shagun Singh is an interaction designer with a background in architecture. Rick Lin is a creative technologist with an interest in film and video and a background in sculpture and installation.
Together, we create work that tells stories, visualizes information, and inspires interaction. We believe that compelling narratives and thoughtfully designed spaces make our lives better. Working at the intersection of design, technology, and community, we craft environments and experiences that delight, surprise, and engage.
Urban Matter Inc has worked with a variety of partners and clients, including government organizations like the New York City Department of Transportation and cultural organizations and nonprofits like the New Museum, The Bronx Museum of Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, Architecture for Humanity, The Red Hook Initiative, Feast Conference, and Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership among others.
Our Silent Lights project was awarded the Artplace America grant for excellence in creative-placemaking and the Black Rock Foundation grant for interactive art and civic participation. We’ve also won the Community Arts Fund Award from Brooklyn Arts Council, the Local Arts Support Award from NYSCA, and the Urban Arts Program Grant from the NYC DOT two years in a row.
Our work was shown as part of the US Pavilion’s “Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good” exhibit at the Venice Biennale 2012 and at the New Museum IDEAS CITY Festival in May 2013. We have spoken on the topic of parallel urbanism and community-driven modernization on various panels, including The Intersection of Architecture & Public Art for Innovative Community Revitalization at the Center for Architecture 2011; The Social Life of Public Spaces at the Venice Biennale 2012; and The Future of Work panel at World Architecture Day 2013.
We collectively believe that lives can be improved through thoughtfully designed spaces by pushing the boundaries of design, technology and community participation.