Award 2016

Open for entries

Are you our next Playable City Award winner?

Building on the international success of previous Award winners Hello Lamp Post, Shadowing and Urbanimals, we are looking for new ideas from anywhere in the world which respond to the theme of Journeys.

With more than half the world’s population now living in cities, transport infrastructure is a key investment area of the future city, but infrastructure and technology are often prioritised over user experience. Watershed is looking for globally-facing projects which start new conversations, imagine new futures and make new connections across the city.

The winning idea will re-appropriate city infrastructure, make use of creative technologies and make our cities more liveable, hopeful and collaborative spaces. It will be prototyped and publicly tested in Bristol, UK, with a view to an international tour.

The Award includes

  • £30,000 commission
  • Practical support in designing, testing and communicating the idea
  • Residency at the Pervasive Media Studio in Watershed, Bristol
  • Development of touring and future opportunities
  • Film and photographic documentation of your idea

Who should apply?

We are looking for artists, designers, architects, urbanists, interaction designers, technologists and creative practitioners from anywhere in the world, who can demonstrate a history of delivering high quality, innovative ideas and projects. Individuals or teams can apply.

One of the aims of Playable City is to broaden the constituency of people currently engaged in imagining city futures. We therefore particularly welcome applications from Deaf and disabled practitioners and practitioners from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background, who are under-represented in this conversation

How to apply

  1. Download and read full details of what is on offer and what we will expect from you
  2. Complete the online application form


31 August 2016, 17:00 (GMT).

The Playable City Award 2016 is produced by Watershed and supported by:

University of Bristol logo      University of the West of England      Catapult Future Cities logo      Invest Bristol + Bath logo      Oracle Cloud Platform logo

Image: Paul Blakemore.