For 3 days in May, cities from across Canada and around the world will gather to learn how to start their own CityStudio.

Poster 2017
Art of Cities in Vancouver
May 24-26, 2017


Art of Cities 2017 will bring city and university leaders from across Canada, the United States, South Africa and Australia into the studio 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 inspired hubs have launched from coast to coast: Victoria, BrantfordWaterloo, Hamilton, Corner Brook. These stories, as well as lessons learned through our own experience over the past five years will be shared at the conference, plus essential program elements to help design and create similar campus-city experimentation and innovation hubs worldwide.
At the conference, 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 inspiring and effective university-community partnership that puts students in the centre of 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.

“Placemaking is one of the most powerful things we can do

to address physical & mental health & revitalize democracy” – Tyler Norris


Where is the Art of Cities hosted? 

The Art of Cities will be hosted at CityStudio, 1800 Spyglass Place, in Vancouver, BC.

Attending the Art of Cities 2017?

Where can I stay while I’m in Vancouver?

We are currently securing preferred rates at a number of Vancouver hotels to meet a range of budgets. Successful applicants will receive an information package with accommodation and travel recommendations by mid-March.

What are the best transportation options?

To Vancouver: As a major airline hub on the west coast, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) offers many direct flights between cities across Canada, and is the closest airport to The Art of Cities. Upon arrival in the Domestic Terminal, attendees are a short walk away from the Canada Line, a rapid transit line that links the airport with downtown Vancouver in half an hour.

Around Vancouver: We encourage attendees to take advantage of our public transportation network as an economical and environmentally friendly way to get around our city. For more information, please visit the TransLink website. Vancouver is also home to multiple car sharing services and Mobi, a bike sharing service. There’s even a Mobi station right out front of the Studio!  
What meals are provided?
  • May 24th Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided
  • May 25th Breakfast and Lunch provided
  • May 26th Breakfast and Lunch provided
More questions?

Please email our Art of Cities Coordinator Jenn McRae: events(at)citystudiovancouver.com

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About CityStudio

CityStudio is an experimentation and innovation hub for the City of Vancouver where city staff, experts and students from 7 universities and colleges co-create projects that support city programs. Since 2011, CityStudio has engaged over 3,500 students, 167 faculty and 113 City of Vancouver staff, contributing over 125,000 hours of project action, skills training and public sector innovation towards making Vancouver more liveable, joyful and sustainable.

Meet the team here. Read our Year 4 Report and watch our TEDx Vancouver video.