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.

Sam the Salmon’s Ravine Quest

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A fun, place-based, experiential learning resource in the form of a quest.

​Choy-On-The-Go

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

Ugly Apples

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

The Stoop

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

The Long Table

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

Orphaned Spaces

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

Van BirdCity

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Research into a bird program for Vancouver.

Reimagine Your Park

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Engaging and activating orphaned greenspaces in Vancouver.

Local Foodsteps

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Signs in your community pointing you to local, sustainable food assets.

Urban Campfire

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

placeLAB

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An innovative experiment in placemaking.

Outdoor Learning Project 1

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Encouraging and facilitating outdoor learning inspired by the Park Board's Rewilding Vancouver strategy.

Outdoor Learning Project 2

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Designing and building the infrastructure that supports outdoor learning in Everett Crowley Park.

Street Art

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Fostering connections and reimagining public space through collaborative community art.

TeaTalk

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

StareChairs

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Urban furniture activated with public art.

Umbrella Taxi

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Modelling friendly citizen behaviour and engaging Vancouverites in whimsical conversation.

YIMBY

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

Location is Everything

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Recycling in all City of Vancouver parks.

Patio Jams

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

Upcycled Design Project

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Furniture designs developed entirely from upcycled source material.

Mugshots for Sustainability

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A social media campaign raising awareness of the negative impacts of single-use cups.

Motivation for Movement

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An investigation into barriers and facilitators to youth cycling in Vancouver.

Put Waste in its Place

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An initiative to reduce single-use items by encouraging restaurant patrons to bring reusable...

The Open Washroom Project

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Providing a framework for solving public urination in Downtown Vancouver.

Road to Resilience

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Engaging the Dunbar community in emergency preparedness.

Rewilding Vancouver

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Understanding and promoting environmental education programming through community centres.

Rise Up!

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Increasing Indigenous votership and political involvement in Vancouver.

Paths to Sustainability in the Iranian Community

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An investigation of the challenges and possibilities for including the Iranian community in...

OURS Consignment Hub

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

Vancouver Voting Van

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A modern take on increasing political knowledge and participation amongst low-income households.

Rewild Vancouver

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A wilderness recovery strategy that aims to educate and empower Vancouver’s residents to...

Wellbe

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Strengthening workplace communication and interactions that foster wellbeing.

The Coop

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

ThinkDisaster

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

Rock’n Shorelines, Happy Seaweed

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Assessing rockweed in False Creek to help restore natural urban ecosystems.

Mitigating Vancouver’s Urban Heat Island Effect

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Designing physical interventions to keep things cool in the DTES.

Zero Paper Cups

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A video promoting the use of reusable cups.

Tell-a-Friend

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Research to support development of the Tell-a-Friend initiative.

The Night is Young

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A toolkit for designing art-centric, nighttime events for youth.

Student Food Network

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Partnering with food establishments to provide $5 student meals.

Seniors Safely Cycling

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Assessing bike routes for an assisted-cycling program.

Vancouver Student Manifesto

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A student-focused manifesto designed to impact the Vancouver City Plan.

Triple E’s

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Exploring the role of students in a Zero Waste Ambassador program.

Textile Recycling

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Understanding the current opportunities and challenges faced by clothing providers in Vancouver.

Ten Different Things

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Ten local artists provoke, prototype and test new visions of art and civic...

Zoned Out

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A guide to enhance current housing strategies by incorporating students’ needs.

The Living Pallet

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Transforming the underbelly of Skytrain stations using vertical pallet gardens.

Revisit the Couve

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A social media campaign to combat negative attitudes towards transit in Vancouver.

Raincity

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Educating homeowners about disconnecting their downspout.

Public Spaces Documentary

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A documentary project exploring Vancouver’s downtown public spaces

Ugilicious: No Waste, Great Taste

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Raising awareness of food waste by using unsold produce to create nutritious meals.

Macrame Salon

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A social enterprise beauty salon designed to empower immigrant beauticians.

Street Seats

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An affordable parklet template for local businesses to foster community connections.

Rentability

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An app supporting renters through the rental journey to build resiliency.

Reconciliation Calls

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Calling non-indigenous students to Truth and Reconciliation action.

Orphaned Spaces: Marpole

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Research and mapping of unused public spaces in the Marpole neighbourhood.

Discover Kitsilano Walking Tour

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A walking tour showcasing neighborhood resilience to new-comers.

A Snapshot of Inclusivity

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Looking at Public Space through the Lenses of Our Citizens.

Salvaged Materials Market

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Fostering a market for salvaged materials in Vancouver.

False Creek Herring

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Formal data collection and best management practices for increasing herring spawning in False...

Voting Tool

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Open source voting tool to plan your vote ahead of time.

It’s Inexcusable Be Reusable

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Shifting consumer preferences for bringing a reusable drink container and helping them in...

Project Turbocharged

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Electrifying youth to drive change

Achieving Zero Waste: Testing the slogan ‘Choose to Reuse’

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Testing the effectiveness of the slogan “Choose to Reuse” at Killarney Community Centre.

Tell-a-Friend 2

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An integrated marketing campaign recruiting volunteers for the Tell-a-Friend initiative.

Stop! Look! Listen!

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This project is a collaboration- and project-based approach to digital media production.

Creating a Zero Waste Vancouver

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Strategies for plastic bag reduction and waste diversion in community centres.

A Simple Practice, Skip the Plastic

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Research-based solutions for overcoming barriers to reusable bag usage.

Equity in Leisure Accessibility

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Expand options, market awareness and remove barriers to increase leisure access use and...

The Lounge

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The Lounge is an alley activation project that aims to provide people of...

Watson St. Whatever the Weather

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A public space created for community connections year round.

A Taste of Home

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How intergenerational practices of food and culture preservation reduces food waste.

Addressing Food Waste at the Retail Level

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An exploratory study about consumer interactions with produce displays and its effect on...

Building Festive Engagement

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A way to increase youth engagement in city planning through festivals and public...

Family Townhall

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An engaging and inclusive method of participatory planning.

CycLLIST

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Reducing bike theft one cyclist at a time.

LAP – WHAT? HOW? WHY? ENJOY!

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A non-digital marketing strategy to increase awareness and engagement of the Leisure Access...

I Wish Vancouver

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A platform where youth can express what city issues matter to them.

Building for Biodiversity

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Enhancing Northeast False Creek’s intertidal biodiversity through shoreline design.

Smarter Parking

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Using artificial intelligence to help Vancouver utilize its existing parking resources more efficiently.

Tell-a-Friend 3

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Feasibility report for a Tell-a-Friend initiative being integrated into an existing community or...

Drain Forest

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Drain Forest: a structure to decrease leaf clogging of Vancouver drains.

Charleson Bay Island

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Restoring shoreline and promoting indigenous environmental education.

Vancouver Underwater

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City-wide Plan advertising campaign.

Plan Your Vote

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Online application that helps voters plan their vote before going to the ballot...

Engaging With Vancouver Millennials

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Determining how the City of Vancouver can best engage with millennials in the...

Soundscape for a Renewable City

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A sound installation depicting sounds of a renewable city.

Boardwalk and the Beast: A Case Study in Assessing Park Health

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The New Commons

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Guaranteed Opportunities? Toward an anti-colonial approach to policy analysis for poverty reduction

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7 Symbols of Granville

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How We Move: Feedback from Vancouverites

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Climate Emergency Dialogues

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Expanding Leisure

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Jericho Beach Gold Rush – Pursuit of the elusive forage fish

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The Success of Pacific Herring Net Deployment in False Creek

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Restoration Plan for Everett Crowley Park

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StudyHubble (Study, Connect, Socialize)

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Capra Tilapia

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De-Reconstruction

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Fence³ (F³)

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Omniate

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Shared Boundaries

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Food waste: Educate to mitigate

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False Creek Water Quality

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Victoria-Fraserview Green Engagement Initiative

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Sunset Solutions – Tree Planting, Care & Retention

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Climate Influx

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Neighbourhood Clubhouse

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Cultivate Inclusivity

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Connecting employment agencies with employers to uplift individuals that face barriers to employment

How Does the Public Understand ‘Best Before’ Dates?

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Designing for Difference

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2013 LFAP: Local Food Action Plan Literature Review

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Students from UBC present their literature review for the Vancouver Park Board and...

A Fossil Fuel-Free Future

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What would Vancouver look like without fossil-fueled vehicles? We came up with a...

Community Kelp

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This is a communication project that aims to interpret the positive economical and...

Expanding Mobility: Equity in Active Transportation

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Equity in active transportation means improving the quality of life of community members...

Exploring our Roles

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Exploring our Roles is an online conversation club for newcomers to look at...

FoodWhere?

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FoodWhere? centres on data from food assets for the Latin American community in...

FridgeShare: Community Fridges For People to Exchange Food For Free

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FridgeShare exists to address food insecurity and food waste through mutual-aid. A FridgeShare...

GI Smart

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GI Smart is an app to help educate Vancouverites about Green Infrastructure sites...

MyCityMyPark

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MyCityMyPark is an engagement initiative aiming to address the gap between youth voices,...

Project Tenantable Tents

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Homeless persons deserve a dignified and habitable living experience in their transition out...

Reasonably Radical

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A Climate Change Education Podcast is a new form of professional development for...

Roots to Resilience: A Community Engagement Framework

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Our framework outlines an engagement process for building ongoing, trust-based relationships with the...

Seeing Green

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Seeing Green will connect Vancouver's citizens through a map and education-based app. Our...

Shield Your Community

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To develop an integrated marketing campaign for 529 Garage that builds brand awareness...

Stories of Victoria-Fraserview

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A visual storytelling project that aims to amplify Victoria-Fraserview residents’ lived experiences through...

VanCanPlan Scavenger Hunt

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We “VanCanPlan”-ed an interactive scavenger hunt and engagement tool that fosters community connections...

VanCityNeeds

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A glowing, visually stimulating installation which uses a QR code decal to connect...

Walkable Communities

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This project helped the City of Vancouver gain an understanding of what a...

BanVanWaste

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BanVanWaste is a workshop-seminar that promotes a Zero Waste lifestyle by educating, empowering,...

Determining the Walkability of Neighbourhoods for Older Adults during the Pandemic

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This project aims to use a custom neighborhood environment walkability scale alongside Walk...

Digital Literacy and Older Adults’ Experiences with Technology

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This project aims to address the digital divide through the perspectives of older...

Roofs of Resilience

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A public outreach campaign to generate social impetus to drive the adoption of...

Sending Smiles

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A Volunteer Opportunity for Youth to Help Alleviate Loneliness among Older Adults

COVID-19 in Vancouver: Who’s Hurting?

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A research project on the opportunities of expanding the Curb Side Patio Permit...

Colour, Kits, and Connection

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Improving community emergency preparedness with community-based kit drives and spreading emergency preparedness awareness...

Accounting for Nature

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A primer that directs the user on how to value the tangible and...

Vancouver Plan: Youth Outreach Design

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Our youth outreach design complements the Vancouver Plan by facilitating civic literacy and...

The Punjabi Market Community Zine

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A zine showcasing stories of joy, resiliency, and everyday life in the Punjabi...

St George Rainway: From Grey to Green

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Using social media and a school workshop to educate the public on the...

Sense in Cents

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To support events that build a sense of community, promote diversity, enhance the...

Resaturated

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A proposed blueway corridor through a portion of the Norquay Village community, where...

Reimagining Roadways: Promising Practices for Open Streets

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Reimagining how streets are used for transportation. Recommendations for how to best implement...

Rain Down the Wrong Path

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A marketing campaign that simultaneously highlights combined sewage overflow systems and rainwater runoff...

Queen Elizabeth Park: A Park for Our Community

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Do you want to see design interventions such as a viewing platform, food...

PyCity

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A python app that automatically collects data from various cities’ open data portals...

Penguin Rewards

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This cute, fluffy Penguin helps you get healthier and wealthier while keeping our...

Monitoring the St. George Rainway Co-Benefits

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Assessing the co-benefits of the St. George Rainway green rainwater infrastructure project. Our...

Growing Green in Grandview-Woodland

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A series of proposed core interventions to increase canopy cover on private and...

Erasing Erasure

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An EDI Driven program that brings to light the untold Indigenous histories of...

Dialogue Diary

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A resource that invites engagement among marginalized groups around key topics to build...

Corner Growth

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Affordable meal kits for Downtown Eastside residents that are easily prepared and distributed...

Columbia Market Gardens

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A commemorative and pedagogical landscape design that integrates Alberta Street's proposed stormwater management...

Climate Action Equity in Canada

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Climate action cannot happen without social justice and equity, but what does equitable...

Broadway Plan Youth Engagement Strategy

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Despite living in an era when opinions are fluidly shared in the digital...

Bridging the Gap

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Research that aims to provide recommendations for overcoming barriers to widespread green infrastructure...

Bike Buddy

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An app that helps cyclists navigate, plan and discover bike routes around Vancouver....

artogo

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An interactive and self-guided iOS app that delivers the first ever digital art...

Business Operations Management

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A software recommendation to track and measure park operations, maintenance and assets

Landfill Parts Warehouse RFID Business Case

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The RFiD Project for City of Vancouver was designed to implement new technology...

Stop, Look and Listen! & Wear Yellow

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Stop Look and Listen & Wear Yellow is a two part collaboration with...

529 Garage: A comprehensive marketing strategy

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529 Garage facilitates a community watch service for bike owners. 529 Garage is...

As Green As The Trees

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Working with the Vancouver Parks Board, we were tasked with finding a solution...

Beat the Heat

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A series of recommendations that addresses preparing for and responding to extreme heat...

Better Benches

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Better Benches is an initiative to increase transit user’s knowledge of the local,...

Clean Cooking with Electricity

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Burning gas for cooking is not only a threat to climate action but...

GI Grow

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GI Grow addresses the question of integrating closed-loop recycling options into green infrastructure...

I Wish I Took the Bus

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We created a campaign to promote the implementation of new priority bus lanes,...

Pedestrian Road Safety

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Our project was an Integrated marketing communications campaign that aims to communicate the...

Pop-IN Assessment

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Pop-IN Assessment is a site assessment tool created with the intent to render...

School Active Travel Program (Remastered)

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This project was based on changing The City of Vancouver’s page for the...

The Accessibility Toolkit

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We developed a framework/toolkit to integrate accessibility and inclusion into the internal culture...

The Laneway Menu

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The Laneway Menu invites communities to create better laneways in Vancouver by streamlining...

Urine Trouble

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Need to pee in public? Urine trouble. A methodology for accessible and inclusive...

Wheel Change Makers

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A youth-led biking community that reduces barriers to bike resources and information through...