Playable City Lagos producer Hilary O’Shaughnessy has been blogging for the Guardian about “playability” – the idea that small, street-level interruptions can make cities more liveable, and spark conversations with friends or strangers about what we would like our cities to be.
“Playability is a process of cultural acupuncture,” she writes, “certainly, one single idea cannot change cities this large and chaotic overnight, but change is more realistic when it is open and inclusive.”
Hilary and the Watershed team are introducing the methodology behind the Playable City to Lagos this March, where it will be used by a group of local creative practitioners to address the challenges they and their fellow Lagosians face living in Africa’s largest metropolis.
The methodology was born in Watershed’s home city of Bristol and the approach has been used for projects in Singapore, Austin, Recife in Brazil and Tokyo. Playable City’s legacy is creating networks to devise local solutions for local issues. “A key goal of our project is to develop local networks, so workshops are key,” says Hilary.
A new era of creative thinkers and civic engagement is flourishing in Lagos. Hilary explains, “The mayhem of this metropolis creates unique opportunities for inclusivity, openness and the reappropriation of space. This city is full of various networks of creative urban thinkers who just might not think of themselves that way yet.”
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Playable City Lagos is a continued partnership between Bristol-based art centre, Watershed, and is supported by the Goethe-Institut Nigeria, Future Lagos and CcHub.