Playable City

Playable City Day

Season

Please note: this season finished in Nov 2015

Playable City puts people and play at the heart of the future city, asking how we might make cities more liveable, open and human. Bristol's Playable City Award attracts applications from creatives and artists from all around the world. There have been three awards so far: Hello Lamp Post by PAN Studio, Tom Armitage and Gyorgyi Galik (2013); Shadowing by Jonathan Chomko and Matthew Rosier (2014); and Urbanimals, created by the Laboratory for Architectural Experiments, LAX, based in Poland (2015). Urbanimals will run throughout the Festival of the Future City.

The Playable City is a framework to think differently about the city by creating shared experiences through play. Visible, democratic, surprising, and inclusive, it re-uses the city infrastructure to create connections - person-to-person, person-to-city. By transforming city spaces in to places of unexpected interaction, the Playable City helps develop conversations about the changes needed in our cities of the future. Since its launch in Bristol, there are now Playable City initiatives in Recife, Brazil, Tokyo, and a developing project in Lagos. Following on from last year's Making the City Playable Conference, this strand of the festival invites thinkers, makers and planners from across the world to explore the role of play in future cities.

Chair: Clare Reddington, Creative Director, Watershed and Executive Producer of The Playable City Award.

Ticket prices: buy a Playable City day ticket for £10.00 full / £8.00 concessions and get entry to Arts and the City (at 11:00), Playable City: UK (at 12:30), and Playable City: International (at 14:00).

Playable City Day is produced by Watershed and supported by British Council. Part of Festival of the Future City.


Previous events in this season

Workshop: Unexpected Spaces to Play
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Event
Part workshop, part-street game, global way-finding studio City ID and the Playable City team will transport you to a hidden corner of the city - to play, think and share your ideas in an entirely unusual way. Bring comfy shoes and warm clothes for a workshop with a difference.
Playable City: International
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
Since its inception, the Playable City concept has ignited imaginations across the world but also draws inspiration from the growing movement of artists and agencies making playful work for the future city. A panel discussion on the opportunities of the international interest in the Playable City concept.

Playable City: UK

Playable City Day
Shadowing - street scene
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
What happens when you invite people to play in the city? What conversations does it start? The last three winners of The Playable City Award present their projects and discuss their work with Executive Producer of The Playable City Award and Claire Doherty, Director of Situations who has judged the award since its inception.

Arts and the City

Playable City Day
Arts and the City
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015
Talk
What makes cities special places for arts and culture? And where do cities and the arts go next? Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England, puts forward his vision for arts and urban areas. Col Needham talks about the importance of Bristol in establishing the Internet Movie Data Base. Charles Landry (Comedia) and artists from Arcadia respond.