Scene from workshop

British Council Photo by Kenichi Aikawa 

Putting people and play at the heart of the Future City

Playable City is a global platform which transforms cities into places of unexpected interaction, where connections emerge through the universal language of “play”.

Playable City was launched in 2012 by Watershed, a leading film culture and digital media centre based in Bristol, UK. Putting people and play at the heart of the future city, Playable City looks at re-using city infrastructure and re-appropriating smart city technologies to create connections – person to person, person to city. Central to the programme is an annual award with a global call for innovative projects which start new conversations, imagine new futures and make new connections across the city.

British Council has partnered with Watershed to launch Playable City Tokyo, to start the Playable City conversation in Japan. Tokyo is going through a period of major change. As the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games, new and re-development works are happening across the city. Playable City Tokyo aims to act as a platform for UK-Japan exchange of knowledge, skills and ideas. It will engage the creative community of Tokyo to think about the future of Tokyo and develop imaginative new ideas that enrich both the city and the people.