Playable City Sandbox 2023

Photo credit: Jon Aitken

Playable City Sandbox is a creative research and development programme. Watershed’s Sandbox methodology provides a facilitated space where participants have the chance to transform an experimental idea to a working prototype over three months of rapid research and development. 

Watershed have commissioned teams to create new innovative prototypes that push creative boundaries. The commissioned projects place play at the heart of the city, sparking imagination and conversation about inclusion, sustainability, surveillance and the future of cities. 

The early stage prototypes will be open to the public between 3 -9 July 2023 across six Bristol locations. Discover more about each commission and the team behind them by scrolling down to “Project & Ideas”.

A large read banner listing the 6 playable city sandbox projects, available in Bristol between 3rd to 9th July 2023.
Banner post for Playable City Bristol 3 – 9 July


Playable City Sandbox is supported by MyWorld. MyWorld is a creative technology programme in the UK’s West of England region, funded by UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Strength in Places Fund (SIPF).

MyWorld is built on the production, technology and research strengths of the West of England region to create a globally unique proposition for creative technology research and innovation.

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