FAQs

For Cities

General

  • Are you part of the City of Vancouver?

    CityStudio is an independent organization with the endorsement of the City of Vancouver. We are not city staff but we exist to serve the city. As a founding partner, the City of Vancouver strongly supports and advises us on our work.

  • How are you funded?

    CityStudio Vancouver is a not-for-profit society that is funded by the City of Vancouver, SFU, UBC, BCIT and Langara College. We are also supported by community funders like Vancouver Foundation and consult with cities on how to adopt the CityStudio model.

    Interested in supporting CityStudio? Get in touch.

  • How did you get started?

    CityStudio Vancouver was co-founded in 2011 by Dr. Janet Moore and Duane Elverum in response to Vancouver’s ambitious plan to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Our founding partners are the City of Vancouver and Simon Fraser University.

    Read more about our history.

  • What does CityStudio actually do?

    We develop projects with City staff, coordinate project matches with faculty at our partner schools, design experiments together with students and City staff, test final projects in the community and share results at City Hall.

  • What is CityStudio?

    CityStudio Vancouver is an innovation hub that unites City of Vancouver staff, post-secondary students, faculty members and community to work together to design experimental projects that make Vancouver more sustainable, liveable and joyful.

    Learn more about CityStudio or get to know the partners we work with.

Projects

  • Do you use a framework for all projects?

    We believe projects that meet 5 criteria (the “5 S’s”) will have the most impact in our city. They need to be created together with city Staff, have sufficient funding or Support, launched on a real Site, have a Steward lined-up to take over once the course has finished, and have the potential to Scale.

  • How can I participate in a CityStudio project?

    We work with professors and instructors at our partner schools to find courses that can integrate projects into the term. As a student, you can participate in a CityStudio project by taking a course that we’ve partnered with. You’ll find a list of them on your school page.

    Most of the courses we partner with are “campus courses” – they take place on campus and you can register for them through your academic institution just like any other course. “Studio courses” take place off campus (often in our studio) and are intensive programs that replace regular classes for a term. You may need to apply to attend these programs. You may also want to speak with an academic advisor prior to applying.

    Faculty member or City staff interested in partnering with us? Learn more here.

  • How do you measure your impact?

    CityStudio measures its impact using an evaluation and reporting framework with a theory of change that’s based on our manifesto, goals and desired outcomes.

    We look at the number and quality of projects, the relationships connecting City staff, post-secondary institutions and community as well as how we’re making Vancouver more liveable, joyful and sustainable through CityStudio-inspired actions, projects or people. To do this, we track metrics like number of students, projects, faculty and staff as well as hours that students spend creating change in the city.

    See our annual report for the latest evaluation results.

  • What happens to projects after the course ends?

    By nature all CityStudio projects are experimental; some are turned into permanent solutions while others become new experiments. Either way, all projects are a means for developing and maintaining relationships with our stakeholders. We believe good projects come from good relationships.

  • What if I have a project idea? How do I share it?

    We prioritize projects that align with City of Vancouver goals or strategies. Feel free to get in touch if you have an idea for a project that you think would be a good fit.

  • What types of projects do you do and where do the ideas come from?

    Each year we work with a diverse range of city departments and academic faculties, which means projects vary widely. To ensure the highest impact for the city, project ideas are mostly sourced directly from city staff based on key City of Vancouver strategies and goals. We use a creative and collaborative process to do this, including a multi-stakeholder Project Development meeting which takes place 2-3 times per year.

    Explore some of our past projects.

Working With Us