The Playable City Award for Creatives Around the World

Deadline: 7 April, 2015
Open to:artists, designers, architects, urbanists, interaction designers, technologists and creative practitioners
Awards: £30,000


Playable City® puts people and play at the heart of the Future City. A Playable City is a city where people, hospitality and openness are key, enabling its residents and visitors to reconfigure and rewrite its services, places and stories. Creatives from around the world are invited to propose distinctive ideas that put people and play at the heart of the Future City. All over the world governments and tech companies are investing in smart systems for cities, using communication networks and sensors to join up services, collect data and make efficiencies. The Playable City Award asks to imagine how might use these same technologies to make cities more liveable, hopeful and collaborative. The winning proposal will be installed in Bristol, UK for the public to play in autumn 2015.


They are looking for artists, designers, architects, urbanists, interaction designers, technologists and creative practitioners, who can demonstrate a history of delivering high quality, innovative practice. Individuals or teams can apply.


  • Award of £30,000; 
  • A trip to Tokyo in October 2015 to share learning from the Award as part of Watershed and British Council’s Playable City Tokyo programme;
  • Practical support in producing the work;
  • Connection with the Pervasive Media Studio at Watershed in Bristol;
  • Development of touring and future opportunities;
  • Documentation of the work.


If you are interested in applying for The Playable City Award, please fill in the online form in English, giving details of you, your practice and your proposal. The online form can be found here.

Full details on the award, assessment criteria, the judgment process, etc. is contained in Playable City Award 2015 Overview . Please read this before completing your application, giving particular consideration to the assessment criteria. Please complete your application by 7 April 2015, 17:00 (GMT). 

You can consult FAQs or get in touch with organizers at [email protected]

Please visit the official website for more information

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