Image of workshop from back of room

British Council, photo by Kenichi Aikawa

Play at the heart of a vision for future Tokyo

Playable City Tokyo launched in September 2015 with a series of three workshops followed by a two-day idea lab in October. The sessions started a Japan-UK shared discussion about the future of cities, and a collaborative process of generating ideas on what the future of Tokyo might look like when the possibilities of technology are explored with a people centred and playful approach.

In October, Clare Reddington, Creative Director of Watershed, introduced Playable City at the Innovative City Forum 2015 (hosted by: Institute for Urban Strategies - The Mori Memorial Foundation, Mori Art Museum, Academyhills). The presentation was followed by a panel discussion with Seiichi Saito the Creative and Technical Director of Rhizomatiks, Kei Wakabayashi the Editor-in-Chief of WIRED Japan, and Anna Grajper and Sebastian Dobiesz of LAX (Laboratory for Architectural Experiments), creators of the 2015 Playable City Award winning Urbanimals. Introducing the reactions and discussions coming out of the Tokyo workshops, the panel exchanged their views on the possibilities they see in technology creatively connecting people and cities in the future.

In November, Seiichi Saito presented at the Playable City Day, part of the Festival of the Future City in Bristol, UK. He shared Tokyo’s response to the Playable City approach and the initial ideas coming out of the workshops and idea lab with an international audience of academics, city planners, artists, writers, filmmakers, games makers, architects, politicians, journalists and commentators, poets, community leaders, businesses, scientists, think tanks and others, who had come together to debate the future city with the public.

Playable City Tokyo Partners

Playable City Tokyo is co-produced by British Council and Watershed in collaboration with Japanese partners.

Organiser: British Council, Watershed
Creative Partner: Rhizomatiks
Special Cooperation: Mori Building
Media Partner: WIRED Japan