In the coming years Melbourne is set to transform into not only a Smart City, but also a Playable City.
This means moving away from purely functional architecture, urban design and infrastructure to create more opportunities for telling stories, creating human connection and engaging our inner curiosity.
Such a transformation calls upon the many and diverse people within Melbourne to help bring our city to life.
Our free conference and first town hall meeting for Playable City Melbourne is happening on Thursday October 10th.
Add your voice to the discussion, or just come along to see what all the fuss is about!
What advice, experience or expertise can you offer to make our city more playful?
Melbourne is a bustling urban metropolis filled with life.
Its tram bells call a sing-song chorus, carting people to and fro. Its laneways hide secrets for the adventurous to find. Its arcades bristle with activity, echoing with excitement. Its parks teem with life; human, four-legged and more. Its streets are lined with buskers, imbuing the air with song. Its cafes buzz with coffee lovers, relishing their morning brews.
Melbourne is a busy city indeed.
But within this busyness there are many and varied opportunities for play to occur.
How can we take orchestrate a playful takeover, transforming busy-ness into playful-ness?
Collaborations and opportunities for creative development can come from things you’d never expect to be playful, such as infrastructure.
Our city is rapidly expanding, and with growth comes a greater emphasis on infrastructure.
As public transport, roads and shared paths become more ubiquitous, new opportunities are emerging for creative industries to take an active role in the development of Melbourne. Who says all infrastructure needs to be solely functional?
As our city grows, our day-to-day urban lives become ever busier. Smart City design strives for an urban design that is liveable, but it also places the onus upon a high-functioning society, often leaving playfulness by the wayside.
With this push towards functionality, we are losing a time-old tradition; playing together in the streets.
Attend Playable City Melbourne to take part in the growing discussion around playable city design and find opportunities for how you or your organisation can contribute to this new frontier for game design, urban design, culture, society, architecture and more.
As our city develops, how can we integrate playfulness into our urban lives to bring play back into our streets?