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Hello Lamp Post by design and research studio PAN, is the recipient of Bristol’s first ever Playable City Award.
Hello Lamp Post invites you to tune in to the secret conversations of the city and communicate through lamp posts, bus stops, post boxes and other street furniture. Part game, part story, anyone will be able to play by texting in a unique code found on the city’s familiar street objects.
Lamp posts, bus stops and post boxes are the goosebumps of the city and so ubiquitous that they have become invisible. The ‘smart city’ approach is to augment them with technologies like digital displays, but Hello Lamp Post will make them playable, using existing city infrastructure to make an open, hospitable and playful experience which encourages you to notice and interact with what is around you.
Every post box in Bristol has a six figure code, every bollard has two, some of the benches have seven and the storm drains have 14. This summer you will be able to text the word ‘Hello + the name of the object + its code’ to the special phone number and the item of street furniture will immediately text you back with a question. Will it be pleased to see you? Irritated at having been left in the rain? Or will it tell you a secret? The more you play, the more the hidden life of the city will be revealed.
Find out more about why the judges picked this project here.
More about the winners:
PAN is a design and research studio, established to produce rich, powerful and affecting experiences. We promote the idea of Experiential Design - taking theory and practices learned from the design industries and applying them to help people discover new sensations, explore deep emotional states and learn in new ways. In the last year we’ve built brain-scanning seance tables, woodland camera puzzles and a zombie-defence laser trap. We have worked for clients including The British Council, Marks & Spencers, Tom Dixon and Capcom.
Gyorgyi Galik is a London-based media artist with a background in fine arts and visual communication design. Gyorgyi has worked in labs and design studios including: Designswarm (London), Elmsly Arts Limited (London), PAN Studio (London), Natalie Jeremijenko and the Environmental Health Clinic (New York), Hexagram-Concordia (Montreal), CECI (Montreal), Szovetseg'39 Association of Artists and Architects (Budapest), Kitchen Budapest Art & Tech Lab (Budapest).
Tom Armitage is a designer and technologist, working across hardware, software, and the network; he has previously held positions at games company Hide&Seek and the design firm Berg. His explorations of the playful city go back to 2008, when he joined Tower Bridge to the network with an automated Twitter account, which has proved curiously popular.