Playable City calls for context in Bristol as 2014 competition opens

By Culture24 Reporter | 11 February 2014

The competition which traced a trail around the streets of Bristol is calling for new ideas as applications open for 2014

A photo of a group of people on a city street bathed in green light
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The project which put words into the mouths of postboxes in Bristol is inviting individuals and teams from across the world to create another digital playground.

The Playable City Award, which gives its winners £30,000, received more than 100 applications last year, with entries from the US, Japan and Brazil alongside winners Pan Studio, a London team who have since been nominated in the Designs of the Year competition at the Design Museum.

“We are again aiming to identify and reward ideas that respond to the context of the city,” says Clare Reddington, the Executive Producer of the Award, reflecting on an open call which resulted in the public exchanging hundreds of text messages with inanimate objects on the streets last time around.

“We had no idea how keenly it would capture people’s imagination or how quickly it would achieve global interest and awards. We can’t wait to see what will be proposed this year and encourage all applicants to be as imaginative and daring as they can."

The winners’ idea, Hello Lamp Post, was commissioned by digital epicentre Watershed. “The moment we met them we could tell we were part of something ambitious,” says Ben Barker, who played a key part in the victory as a co-founder of Pan.

“Taking part was better than we ever expected. It was amazing to give people of all ages and backgrounds in Bristol a chance to interact with their city.”

  • Applications open until April 11 2014, with the shortlist announced on April 28 and the winner revealed in September. Find out more.

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