Playable City, Tokyo

Developing a new playful intervention for public space in Tokyo

Playable City Tokyo launched in 2015 to develop imaginative new ideas for urban spaces and to engage communities in thinking about the future of Tokyo (particularly in the run up to the 2020 Olympic Games).

Tom + Sophie Sampson in the Tokyo studio space

The Residency

The residency is an opportunity to collaboratively research and develop playful ideas at the intersection of art, technology, and society for public space in Tokyo. This exploration will lead to new interventions, installations and a new kind of city-wide conversation through play.

Phase One of the programme is a research visit to Tokyo to meet local creatives, explore, research and ideate around experiences and prototypes for public space in and around central Tokyo. Phase Two is a production visit to Tokyo in September 2018 to test and finalise the presentation of the prototype pieces for the attendees of the Making the City Playable Conference 2018 and the general public.

The other Playable City Tokyo resident is London play scholar, Sophie Sampson


2018 – current


Design, build and test a new work in Tokyo

Production Team

Hilary O’Shaughnessy
Playable City

Nanami Akimoto
British Council Japan