We have developed a people-first process working with and for communities, alongside supportive stakeholders, to transform spaces into playful places for all generations. View our Services.
STEP 1_ UNDERSTANDING CONTEXT
With our collective background in urban studies, sociology, law, design, research, placemaking, and cultural studies, A Playful City engages in deep contextual research at the beginning of every project. We gather and analyse information around people, place, and policy to ensure that our work is grounded in reality and local culture. This serves to ensure the end result reaches the best potential outcome.
STEP 2_ BUILDING TRUST
A Playful City enables its consultations to be as productive and meaningful as possible for all involved by first introducing themselves and getting to know key local leaders who in turn help to build trust when consulting with the wider community.
STEP 3_ PLAYFUL CONSULTATION
This can take many forms including but not limited to:
Pow Wow: With award-winning Sean Harrington Architects, we have designed a mobile playground and pop up consultation device that attracts and engages all ages in sharing their ideas for a playful activation. From a compact wheelbarrow, the Pow Wow opens up into a variety of unique consultation spaces that allows us to use a mix of creative consultation techniques to engage people of different ages and backgrounds.
A Playful Street: Working with residents and key stakeholders, we transforms streets into playful spaces for all ages. A Playful Street not only reclaims streets for its residents but also allows communities -young and old - to interact meaningfully. The Pow Wow is often used at A Playful Street events to consult with residents on ideas for playful activations in their area.
Design Hackathon: We design and deliver workshops around play, bringing diverse sectors together to collaborate, innovate, and co-create the design playful spaces and activations.
Something else? We can design a multitude of ways to playfully consult with communities to suit your needs. Past projects include a national competition, city wide street art projects, playful employee engagement opportunities and more
STEP 4_ DEEP DIVE ANALYSIS
Our expert research team collates and analyses the insights gathered from our consultations, looking at the data from a multitude of perspectives in order to ensure that the final design is exactly what the public is looking for.
STEP 5_ PLAYFUL DESIGN
Combining the insights gathered with a splash of imagination, our creative team of designers and artists then develops a playful design brief to bring to life!