Cities

Playable City is a framework to think differently about the city – any city.

The Playable City concept has captured the imagination of cities across the globe, offering a new way of connecting people, and thinking about the city.

In places as diverse as Bristol, Lagos, Recife and Tokyo we have explored the future city with teams of local creatives – generating new ideas directly rooted in the specific city environment.

Elsewhere we have staged workshops and installed previous Playable City Award winners, inspiring new partnerships and future interventions – from Austin to Bordeaux, Singapore to York.

Playable City connects this insight, experience and data back to our Playable City Network, an expanding global community of cities and creatives innovating in public space to drive new smarter city conversations and generate new models of citizen engagement.

Playable City has reached:

  • 1.1m People
  • 5 Continents
  • 51 Creatives
  • 74 Partners
  • 9 Cities

Oxford

Oxford

The Smart Oxford Playable City Commission is a brand new commission, challenging creatives from around the world to produce an idea that puts people and play at the heart of the city of Oxford.

São Paulo

São Paulo

A new addition to the network, São Paulo is making plans for the coming year.

Tokyo

Tokyo

Launched in 2015 to develop new ideas and engage Japanese creatives in imagining the future of Tokyo.

Lagos

Lagos

Joined the network in 2016, with a workshop exploring ways to improve the experience of travelling around the city

Recife

Recife

Launched in 2014, Recife in Brazil was the first Playable City outside of the UK.

Bristol

Bristol

The UK’s most playful place, where Watershed began Playable City in 2012.