8 October 2016

"Cities that play together stay together."
- The Guardian

The Playable City Award aims to put people and play at the heart of the future city, re-using city infrastructure and re-appropriating smart city technologies to create connections – person to person, person to city. 

For the fourth year in a row Watershed, in Bristol, invited artists, designers, architects, and many others to respond to the theme of ‘journeys’ in a bid to enhance transport facilities and the infrastructure of the city. 

*Below are details of our submission*

Weather influences our everyday journeys through the city. How can we re-appropriate the elements in playful and unexpected ways, to naturally influence journeys and connect people with their surroundings?

'Enlighten' utilises the power and beauty of the sun, creating unexpected and dynamic, light patterns, encouraging people to take a different route, and allowing them to discover and explore new or neglected areas of the city.


Through reflection of natural sunlight, we can create playful and interactive light patterns in unexpected places throughout the city. Simple, inclusive moments of delight.

We can influence people’s journeys just as the weather can, encouraging them to take a new route and discover paths less travelled.  Enlightening new spaces.


Creative reaction

Our instinctive reaction of potential opportunities within the challenge


Searching creative inspiration across technologies, arts, experiences and media to inform creative stages


Ideation structured to encompass various weather types and physical and emotional experiences

Concept schematics

Initial concepts captured for review - decision to move 'Sunpatch' forward as our lead route


Further ideation directed by concept space. Technology and feasibility understanding and concept refinement

Sketch models

Initial hacks used to prove the concept principal

Prototype and capture

Refined prototypes for concept capture and communication