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Playable City Austin puts people and play at the heart of the Future City of Austin

Population estimate: 947,890 (2016)
(as of 2016)

About the City

Austin is the state capital of Texas, an inland city bordering the Hill Country region. Home to the University of Texas flagship campus, Austin is known for its eclectic live-music scene centered around country, blues and rock. Its many parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming and boating. South of the city, Formula One’s Circuit of the Americas raceway has hosted the United States Grand Prix.

About Playable City Austin
Playable City Austin launched in 2015 to develop imaginative new ideas for urban spaces and to engage communities in thinking about the potential for creative technology in public space in Austin.

Playable City Austin activities are co-produced by Watershed, the Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department of the City of Austin.

Current Activity

Shadowing is currently live in Texas as part of an extended programme of Playable City Austin Events, leading up the Unesco Media Arts Exhibition with SXSW.


Austin’s Activity Timeline


Hello Lamp Post brought s to life the hidden stories of Austin by finding out what the street furniture had to say in 2015. Get talking to familiar objects around the city using text messages.

Created by London based Pan Studio, the project has been commissioned by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department in celebration of the Art in Public Places program’s 30th anniversary year, and in partnership with Art Alliance Austin.

Hello Lamp Post Austin from Playable City on Vimeo.


Jonathan Chomko speaks about Austin Design Week 2017 Presents: Integrating Media Arts into the Public Sphere
Organized by: City of Austin Cultural Arts Division



 As part of Playable City Austin 2018, Playable city hosted workshops with both the Austin Government City Administration and employees In the Idealab, for two days we explored Austin as a Playable City, with a cross-section of creatives from the city.