CityStudio is a collaboration between the City of Vancouver and its universities and colleges. This experimentation and innovation hub launches projects on the ground that are co-created by staff, students and community members.


Are you interested in starting a CityStudio in your city or learning about how we started in Vancouver? 

Poster 2017
Save the Date: Art of Cities in Vancouver May 24-26, 2017

We invite city and university leaders to join us in Vancouver this May to learn about the CityStudio model and the art of collaborative city building.

Placemaking is a powerful tool for democratic change and a way to stitch communities together – P.K. Das, Architect

Since Art of Cities 2015 we are happy to announce that 5 new CityStudio’s are launching from coast to coast: Victoria, Brantford, Waterloo, Hamilton, Corner Brook. We will share these stories as well as lessons learned and essential program elements to help you design and create your own campus-city hub. 

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Participants will:

  • Explore Vancouver and join the network of participants from other cities
  • Learn how to set up and launch a CityStudio
  • Learn our key organizational lessons for governance, partnerships and financing
  • Use design and dialogue methods for problem solving and collaboration
  • Draw on lessons learned from over 200 CityStudio projects

Who should attend?

If you are city staff, an academic administrator or a faculty leader who is interested in learning how to develop an effective university-community partnership that puts real projects on the ground, we invite you to join us in Vancouver May 2017! We welcome individuals and teams from cities across Canada and around the world.


Please email us at and we’ll add you to our mailing list for Art of Cities 2017.

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TEDx Vancouver


Semester at CityStudio 2014