Our Projects

CityStudio aims to create social innovators and change makers who will contribute on the ground in Vancouver and around the world. Projects are co-created, designed and implemented by teams of students, city staff and community members.

  • East Vancouver

    The Stoop

    Furniture design and research for Vancouver's deconstruction wood waste to meet the 2015 landfill ban.

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    1800 Spyglass Place

    The Long Table

    A project series connecting high-level, policy-based goals with real people by connecting around a Long Table.

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    Vancouver

    Rewild Vancouver

    A wilderness recovery strategy that aims to educate and empower Vancouver’s residents to help the built environment work more closely with the natural environment.

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    Across Vancouver

    Buddy Up!

    A community board designed to share skills and interests for a more collective Vancouver.

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    Cambie Bridge

    City Gone Wild

    An educational installation to show the potential of underutilized urban spaces to enhance biodiversity.

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    Cambie Bridge

    Connect Fort

    A large scale blanket fort that is a space for all ages to meet, connect and play.

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    Dunbar

    I Heart Dunbar

    An exercise in bolstering disaster preparedness through neighbourhood pride and connectedness.

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    Cambie Bridge

    Colouring Cambie

    Colouring Cambie aims to create temporary chalk-painted pedestrian walkways that are interactive and engaging.

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    Vancouver

    Rise Up!

    Increasing Indigenous votership and political involvement in Vancouver.

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    Vancouver

    GigCity

    Empowering creative freelancers to find work and build relationships using an online job platform.

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    ​SFU Campus

    Ugly Apples

    Ugly Apples is a local, handmade and accessible solution to the problem of food waste.

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    Vancouver

    ThinkDisaster

    A service that provides local businesses with personalized continuity plans to recover from a disaster faster.

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    Cambie Bridge

    Patio Jams

    An interactive music space for people to connect and feel uplifted.

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    Kitsilano Shoreline

    Birds, Barks & Boats

    Spatial analysis of marine bird communities and recreational disturbances along the Kitsilano shoreline.

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    Locarno Beach

    Campfire

    Introducing shared public firepits on Vancouver beaches.

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    Vancouver

    Urban Campfire

    Urban Campfire is a bid to hold communal campfires in public spaces throughout the city.

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    Northeast False Creek

    History of Northeast False Creek

    Historical plaques designed to ensure that meaningful stories from the past figure prominently in the way this area is envisaged for the future.

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    Creekside Park, Science World Plaza

    placeLAB

    An innovative experiment in placemaking.

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    Vancouver

    Wellbe

    Strengthening workplace communication and interactions that foster wellbeing.

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    Vancouver

    The Coop

    A platform that optimizes the way parents explore, compare and arrange care for their children.

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    Mount Pleasant

    Street Art

    Fostering connections and reimagining public space through collaborative community art.

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    Imagination Zone

    TeaTalk

    TeaTalk is a mobile tea-serving cart that offers space for conversation and social connection.

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    Grandview-Woodland

    Orphaned Spaces

    Research and mapping of unused public land in the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood.

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    Imagination Zone

    Umbrella Taxi

    Modelling friendly citizen behaviour and engaging Vancouverites in whimsical conversation.

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    Commercial Drive

    YIMBY

    Welcoming and including homeless citizens in neighbourhoods outside of the Downtown Eastside.

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    Branching Out

    Citizen science program enlisting the help of grade three students to collect data on forest health indicators.

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    Cambie Bridge

    ChalkTalks

    Bringing art and engagement to an underutilized space in the form of public chalkboards.

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    MacLean Park (Strathcona)

    Deck the Dark

    Improving community safety and encouraging interactive play by illuminating Vancouver’s parks during the dark winter evenings.

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    Imagination Zone

    IllumiLane

    An interactive light up bike and walk way that integrates art into active transportation.

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    False Creek Flats

    Honey, Leaf + Bumble

    A bee awareness centre in Vancouver which provides workshops, tours, a restaurant, and retail space for public education on bees.

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    The Lauren

    Ask Lauren

    Community concierge pilot project creating vertical communities in apartment buildings.

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    ​Downtown East Side (DTES)

    ​Choy-On-The-Go

    Choy-On-The-Go provides fresh affordable produce to Chinese seniors in the DTES.

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    Mount Pleasant

    OURS Consignment Hub

    An inclusive consignment and upcycling community to help educate and divert textile waste from landfills.

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  • Vancouver
    Zero Paper Cups
    A video promoting the use of reusable cups.
    Harvest Community Foods
    Bike ‘n Business
    Helping to create bike-friendly businesses.
    Vancouver
    Informing Voters to Vote
    Materials to encourage citizen participation in the 2018 municipal election.
    Downtown Eastside
    Mitigating Vancouver’s Urban Heat Island Effect
    Designing physical interventions to keep things cool in the DTES.
    Vancouver
    Living Walls
    Conceptualizing the implementation of ‘Living Walls’ in Vancouver.
    Vancouver
    Environmental Education at Community Centres
    Understanding environmental education and programming offered at each community centre.
    False Creek Shoreline
    Rock’n Shorelines, Happy Seaweed
    Assessing rockweed in False Creek to help restore natural urban ecosystems.
    Vancouver
    Communicating Ecological Footprint
    Communicating ecological footprint information to diverse audiences.
    Vancouver Bike Routes
    Improving Urban Cycling
    Collecting user feedback on safety and comfort of Vancouver's bike routes.
    Vancouver
    ThinkDisaster
    A service that provides local businesses with personalized continuity plans to recover from a disaster faster.
    Vancouver
    The Coop
    A platform that optimizes the way parents explore, compare and arrange care for their children.
    Vancouver
    GigCity
    Empowering creative freelancers to find work and build relationships using an online job platform.
    Vancouver
    Wellbe
    Strengthening workplace communication and interactions that foster wellbeing.
    False Creek Flats
    Honey, Leaf + Bumble
    A bee awareness centre in Vancouver which provides workshops, tours, a restaurant, and retail space for public education on bees.
    Vancouver
    Rewild Vancouver
    A wilderness recovery strategy that aims to educate and empower Vancouver’s residents to help the built environment work more closely with the natural environment.
    Vancouver
    Vancouver Voting Van
    A modern take on increasing political knowledge and participation amongst low-income households.
    Tower Beach Trail
    Guided Mindfulness Walk
    Increasing awareness about the benefits of natural settings for mental well-being.
    Mount Pleasant
    OURS Consignment Hub
    An inclusive consignment and upcycling community to help educate and divert textile waste from landfills.
    Vancouver
    Paths to Sustainability in the Iranian Community
    An investigation of the challenges and possibilities for including the Iranian community in the city's sustainability efforts.
    Vancouver
    Rise Up!
    Increasing Indigenous votership and political involvement in Vancouver.
    Community Centres
    Rewilding Vancouver
    Understanding and promoting environmental education programming through community centres.
    Dunbar
    Road to Resilience
    Engaging the Dunbar community in emergency preparedness.
    Granville Entertainment District
    The Open Washroom Project
    Providing a framework for solving public urination in Downtown Vancouver.
    Grandview-Woodland
    Grandview-Woodlands Block Level Resiliency Toolkit
    A people-based approach to resiliency and emergency preparedness.
    Downtown Eastside (DTES)
    312 Main Community Asset Mapping
    Building the foundation to a resilient neighbourhood.
    Vancouver
    Put Waste in its Place
    An initiative to reduce single-use items by encouraging restaurant patrons to bring reusable containers.
    Vancouver Bike Routes
    Motivation for Movement
    An investigation into barriers and facilitators to youth cycling in Vancouver.
    Kitsilano Shoreline
    Birds, Barks & Boats
    Spatial analysis of marine bird communities and recreational disturbances along the Kitsilano shoreline.
    Vancouver
    Mugshots for Sustainability
    A social media campaign raising awareness of the negative impacts of single-use cups.
    Vancouver
    Do You Really Need That Steak?
    Determining which form of advertising provokes greater engagement around the consumption of red meat.
    Dunbar
    I Heart Dunbar
    An exercise in bolstering disaster preparedness through neighbourhood pride and connectedness.
    Cambie Bridge
    Patio Jams
    An interactive music space for people to connect and feel uplifted.
    Cambie Bridge
    Connect Fort
    A large scale blanket fort that is a space for all ages to meet, connect and play.
    Cambie Bridge
    City Gone Wild
    An educational installation to show the potential of underutilized urban spaces to enhance biodiversity.
    Cambie Bridge
    ChalkTalks
    Bringing art and engagement to an underutilized space in the form of public chalkboards.
    Across Vancouver
    Buddy Up!
    A community board designed to share skills and interests for a more collective Vancouver.
    McAuley Park
    Keys to the Streets
    Bringing free, playable pianos to public spaces in Vancouver.
    Commercial Drive
    YIMBY
    Welcoming and including homeless citizens in neighbourhoods outside of the Downtown Eastside.
    Grandview-Woodland
    East Van Skill Share Fair
    Connecting individuals and building a more self-reliant community.
    Imagination Zone
    Umbrella Taxi
    Modelling friendly citizen behaviour and engaging Vancouverites in whimsical conversation.
    Imagination Zone
    Food Recovery Project
    Revealing Vancouver’s food recovery resources.
    Imagination Zone
    StareChairs
    Urban furniture activated with public art.
    Imagination Zone
    TeaTalk
    TeaTalk is a mobile tea-serving cart that offers space for conversation and social connection.
    Mount Pleasant
    Street Art
    Fostering connections and reimagining public space through collaborative community art.
    Grandview-Woodland
    Britannia Food Share
    Redirecting surplus food from local businesses to a youth meal program.
    Everett Crowley Park
    Outdoor Learning Project 2
    Designing and building the infrastructure that supports outdoor learning in Everett Crowley Park.
    Everett Crowley Park
    Outdoor Learning Project 1
    Encouraging and facilitating outdoor learning inspired by the Park Board's Rewilding Vancouver strategy.
    Stanley Park
    Learning in the Leaves
    Pilot project bringing outdoor classrooms to the city.
    The Lauren
    Ask Lauren
    Community concierge pilot project creating vertical communities in apartment buildings.
    Creekside Park, Science World Plaza
    placeLAB
    An innovative experiment in placemaking.
    Northeast False Creek
    History of Northeast False Creek
    Historical plaques designed to ensure that meaningful stories from the past figure prominently in the way this area is envisaged for the future.
    Vancouver
    Urban Campfire
    Urban Campfire is a bid to hold communal campfires in public spaces throughout the city.
    Kitsilano
    Local Foodsteps
    Signs in your community pointing you to local, sustainable food assets.
    Locarno Beach
    Campfire
    Introducing shared public firepits on Vancouver beaches.
    Cambie Bridge
    Colouring Cambie
    Colouring Cambie aims to create temporary chalk-painted pedestrian walkways that are interactive and engaging.
    Vancouver Transit
    Harassment on Transit
    Exploring social sustainability and geographies of social inclusion in the city.
    MacLean Park (Strathcona)
    Deck the Dark
    Improving community safety and encouraging interactive play by illuminating Vancouver’s parks during the dark winter evenings.
    Jim Deva Plaza
    Living at Bute
    Possibilities for public space in Vancouver's West End.
    North False Creek
    iGo: Bike Network Wayfinding
    Repairing gaps in Vancouver’s bicycle network to improve accessibility for cyclists in the city.
    Woodwards & Science World
    BikeLab: Bike Repair Stations
    Bringing bike repair stations to the streets of Vancouver.
    McAuley Park
    Reimagine Your Park
    Engaging and activating orphaned greenspaces in Vancouver.
    Vancouver
    Van BirdCity
    Research into a bird program for Vancouver.
    Grandview-Woodland
    Orphaned Spaces
    Research and mapping of unused public land in the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood.
    1800 Spyglass Place
    The Long Table
    A project series connecting high-level, policy-based goals with real people by connecting around a Long Table.
    Downtown Vancouver
    Compost Collective
    Food waste diversion pilot projects in Vancouver’s multi-family buildings.
    East Vancouver
    The Stoop
    Furniture design and research for Vancouver's deconstruction wood waste to meet the 2015 landfill ban.
    ​SFU Campus
    Ugly Apples
    Ugly Apples is a local, handmade and accessible solution to the problem of food waste.
    ​Downtown East Side (DTES)
    ​Choy-On-The-Go
    Choy-On-The-Go provides fresh affordable produce to Chinese seniors in the DTES.
    ​Renfrew Community Park
    Sam the Salmon’s Ravine Quest
    A fun, place-based, experiential learning resource in the form of a quest.
    Arbutus Corridor​
    BIOPOLIS: The Card Game
    An exciting card game centered around biodiversity and fun!
    Imagination Zone
    IllumiLane
    An interactive light up bike and walk way that integrates art into active transportation.