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.
Our group has created an innovative place-making strategy that provides permanent recognition of the tireless advocacy efforts of Filipina activists in Vancouver and Canada, broadly. Our strategy involves placing photos and art of Filipina activists on picnic tables and benches in Collingwood Park, which is a park frequented by the Filipino community.
Online Training Platform: We are a group of CIT students from British Columbia Institute of Technology. Our project aims to implement an online Learning Management System for the City of Vancouver’s engineering department so that employees can train at their own pace while achieving greater learning retention with the assistance of mobile learning.
We built, deployed, and monitored herring nets while sampling water conditions in False Creek. Through analysis, we estimate that shortly after a spawning event there was a total of 135,000 eggs on all the nets in the Creek!! Expansion of efforts like net deployment and habitat restoration are necessary as it would provide degraded herring population more suitable substrate for egg development.
This project aims to highlight the sensitive balance between urban greening and green gentrification in vulnerable cultural neighbourhoods and to showcase how interventions can be chosen based on cultural and community suitability.
An exploration of landscape design strategies through a portion of the Musqueam Watershed, where three creeks flow. The project aims to improve stormwater management in order to address downstream flood risk, water pollution and climate change while enhancing habitat. A series of proposed blue-green infrastructure strategies speculate on how to restore natural hydrologic processes to enhance the resilience of the watershed.
The City of Vancouver's Green Infrastructure branch is looking for innovative and exciting ways to engage with communities across the city to create dialogue about green rainwater infrastructure. This project explores first steps to building relationships with non-profits and neighbourhood houses that will result in increased engagement and mutual benefits.
How would you vote on HUBBUB if you didn’t have sufficient access to your phone or the internet? Likewise, if a bus stop is changed, many are left out of mainstream information and navigational tools. Our solution is placed naturally where a confused transit user will be and assists them in wayfinding to the correct location no matter their level of access to consumer technology.
A reimagined neighborhood corner store that facilitates much more than simply groceries. Other than being a space for farmer sourced and zero waste groceries, it hosts a kitchen during off season to enable accessible food options. It is also a place for the community to hang-out in, have meetings, collective gardening, attend classes and events and much more!
South False Creek put Vancouver on the map for its innovative green planning, mixed- income housing and careful design principles. The neighbourhood is undergoing a new plan—the process needs to incorporate climate emergency goals, affordable housing and equity. Our plan includes inclusionary zoning, green development levies and small-scale interventions that allow for development while mitigating the effects of green gentrification.
A design guide that will assist in the scalable optimization of bioretention bulges in the City of Vancouver, by using green rainwater infrastructure strategies. This guide will also promote the use of specific vegetation to improve connectivity amongst these bulges as part of a pollinator pathway. By enhancing these pollinator corridors, this guide supports local biodiversity.
Over the past few years, the long loved Stanley Park Train has fallen into a state of disrepair. The Stanley Park Railway Revitalization project, assigned to SFU’s Sustainable Energy Engineering team, looks to reinvent the Stanley Park Train for the next generation. Their electric drivetrain design powers the train in a fifth of the current operating costs, and eliminates all the ride’s tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions.
Green rainwater infrastructure sites are small areas of planted municipal land that help urban sprawls deal with excess rainwater. We aim to enhance the green space services they provide by ensuring they have enough plants that are highly beneficial to pollinators. This will be done by developing a statistical tool which can assess the plant distribution in a site.
An inquiry into BC Housing and Rental markets since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Comparing pre and post Covid-19 market indicators, we highlight particular age group vulnerabilities accentuated by the pandemic. A contribution to the ongoing discussion of housing shortage in across BC, particularly in Vancouver. We also touch upon Senior Housing, and the role of financialization in Social Care.
The temporary bus stops created to accommodate the construction of the Broadway Subway have seriously impacted transit users’ wayfinding abilities, particularly for disabled and elderly individuals. To address this, Navigate Broadway provides a system of simple strategies for increasing accessibility, safety, and comfort through improved information dissemination.
Our project is to understand residents' attitudes towards the green rainwater infrastructure (GRI) project in the Sunset Community through surveys and interviews. It further seeks to establish a relationship between biophilic elements of the project and wellbeing, including feelings of belongingness and connectedness to nature. We hope that results will highlight the importance of GRI practices for the future of Vancouver.
A youth-led biking community that reduces barriers to bike resources and information through a school BikeHub program while also increasing connectivity of schools to protected bike lanes. This initiative will engage with and create a welcoming biking community through incentives and workshops, with the goal of increasing youth and adult bike ridership as a primary transportation method within the city.
Need to pee in public? Urine trouble. A methodology for accessible and inclusive washrooms in the Commercial-Broadway area. The methodology centres the expansion of Vancouver's public washroom network and advances recommendations for future washrooms, including higher standards of maintenance, harm-reduction principles, hygiene products/disposal, enhanced safety mechanisms, adequate floor space, and a web app.
The Laneway Menu invites communities to create better laneways in Vancouver by streamlining the activation processes in an accessible, step-by-step toolkit. By offering adaptable development templates to address the local needs of any activation, this toolkit hopes to eliminate information barriers to encourage equity amongst Vancouver neighbourhoods, and inspire a sense of civil agency within our City.
We developed a framework/toolkit to integrate accessibility and inclusion into the internal culture and functions of the City of Vancouver. The framework/toolkit is intended to serve as a reflection tool that encourages different departments to evaluate and improve upon their current policies and approaches to accessibility.
This project was based on changing The City of Vancouver’s page for the School Active Travel Program to an alternative webpage that would further encourage and promote active travel to school for the students, parents, and/or schools. The way we built this alternative website was designed to attract more attention and engagement from students that visit the website, allowing participating students to better understand the program offerings.
Pop-IN Assessment is a site assessment tool created with the intent to render more inclusive public spaces, specifically that of the pop-up plazas implemented by Viva Vancouver. We hope this evaluation tool that we have created will push city planners and officials alike to consider more inclusive designs for future public spaces.
Our project was an Integrated marketing communications campaign that aims to communicate the responsibility young pedestrians have for their own safety. Our main goal is to make teenagers feel responsible for their own safety
We created a campaign to promote the implementation of new priority bus lanes, congruent with Vancouver’s climate emergency plan. This campaign is centred around all the benefits that this initiative could provide, namely, a more efficient and convenient transit system, as well as the incentive to shift toward sustainable modes of transportation.
GI Grow addresses the question of integrating closed-loop recycling options into green infrastructure by suggesting recycled materials that can be incorporated during construction. GI Grow discusses ecological and economic benefits of the proposed materials, promotes community engagement, and has created a bioswale model and physical prototype of a recycled tree watering bag to demonstrate parts of the closed-loop supply chain.
Burning gas for cooking is not only a threat to climate action but also to human health, as these appliances are sources of indoor air pollution. Clean Cooking with Electricity encompasses a public census, marketing campaign, and infographic recommendations to provide an evaluation based on equity, diversity, and inclusion to encourage Vancouverites to make the switch to induction stoves.
Better Benches is an initiative to increase transit user’s knowledge of the local, Indigenous land. Bus stops will be recreated by Indigenous artists that feature a QR code that users can scan to increase place making and user engagement. Once scanned, users will be directed to a website filled with educational resources.
A series of recommendations that addresses preparing for and responding to extreme heat events. This project aims to help protect seniors from heat-related illness and death by improving health communication from the government to the public, raising awareness on extreme heat events, and inspiring community mobilization.
Working with the Vancouver Parks Board, we were tasked with finding a solution for their lack of electrical charging infrastructure for current battery powered landscaping equipment at their parks and service centres. Our aim is to design a framework, universal to all locations, that will allow for the implementation of the electric charging infrastructure.
529 Garage facilitates a community watch service for bike owners. 529 Garage is striving to double its current monthly registration numbers in Vancouver. To achieve this goal, we have recommended a comprehensive, multi-channel marketing strategy to help bolster brand awareness. Our plan focuses on an engaging app, a stronger social media presence, and deeper community and bike shop engagement.
Stop Look and Listen & Wear Yellow is a two part collaboration with BCIT D3, CityStudio Vancouver and the VPD that focuses on teaching young schoolchildren how to walk safely as a pedestrian. Through storytelling and visuals, schoolchildren will learn how to tread carefully on their way to school, home and anywhere else.
The RFiD Project for City of Vancouver was designed to implement new technology to automate inventory tracking processes. RFiD tags were chosen as the assessed technological option to apply for a streamlined process at Landfill.
An interactive and self-guided iOS app that delivers the first ever digital art gallery experience providing NFT art, cultural storytelling, and a location-based travel guide to small but mighty local business patronage. We work to connect local businesses in search of engagement with local artists in need of amplification and community members yearning for a virtual adventure in their own neighbourhoods.
An app that helps cyclists navigate, plan and discover bike routes around Vancouver. The app will use GPS to locate and guide the cyclist. The cyclist can also search for routes that meet certain criteria (ie. off-street pathways only, comfortable for all ages, flat incline). Furthermore, the app will send feedback and data back to the City of Vancouver for analysis.
Research that aims to provide recommendations for overcoming barriers to widespread green infrastructure implementation across the City of Vancouver and help strengthen the presence and incorporation of equity into practice.
Despite living in an era when opinions are fluidly shared in the digital world, it is challenging for the City of Vancouver to receive feedback from Vancouver’s youth. For eight weeks, Langara College Applied Planning students conducted youth engagement to support the City of Vancouver and encourage youth participation in the Broadway Plan.
Climate action cannot happen without social justice and equity, but what does equitable climate action mean for Vancouver, and how are other Canadian cities doing it already? Case studies of best practices across the country are featured to provide a method for future analysis of social equity projects and plans.
A commemorative and pedagogical landscape design that integrates Alberta Street's proposed stormwater management infrastructure into a space that acknowledges Oakridge's history and community and provides fun and educational experiences for people across age ranges, cultures and mobilities.
Affordable meal kits for Downtown Eastside residents that are easily prepared and distributed through a proposed network of smaller Downtown Eastside’s Washington Community Market (WCM) storefronts, in collaboration with the Community Impact Real Estate Society. Our project put forward a series of recommendations for operational and structural changes to the WCM based on its needs and interests.
A resource that invites engagement among marginalized groups around key topics to build a sense of belonging and self-efficacy, while alleviating stress for community members. Our project aims to promote active participation within the Joyce-Collingwood neighbourhood, create an opportunity for personal reflection, and host a safe, equitable and inclusive space for dialogue and reflection.
An EDI Driven program that brings to light the untold Indigenous histories of Gastown through historical awareness, recognition and inclusivity. We recognize that the stories we tell shape the way we interact with and imagine our public spaces. Thus, our program aims to work with the Indigenous community and City of Vancouver to promote Indigenous history and culture, through interactive programs. When we share true stories we create spaces of inclusivity.
A series of proposed core interventions to increase canopy cover on private and public land, to maximize ecosystem services in areas with constrained planting possibilities, and to combat the negative consequences of climate change. By implementing creative, green solutions to the challenges facing the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood, our project seeks active community involvement through green inspiration, education and stewardship.
Assessing the co-benefits of the St. George Rainway green rainwater infrastructure project. Our plan focuses on monitoring the mitigation of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect and the rainway's impact on biodiversity. We propose using fixed and mobile temperature sensors to monitor UHI. For biodiversity, we suggest the use of rapid biodiversity assessments, quadrats, and citizen science to monitor changes.
This cute, fluffy Penguin helps you get healthier and wealthier while keeping our planet in mind! How? For every step or roll (or waddle) you take, the Penguin Rewards App gives you digital coins that you can redeem for offers or discounts while visiting your favourite local grocers, cafes and restaurants, or while discovering new ones!
A python app that automatically collects data from various cities’ open data portals for benchmarking. The City of Vancouver’s financial department manually collects data to benchmark and compare Vancouver’s metrics to other cities like New York City, Toronto, Seattle and Calgary. The process of data collection is labour intensive and time-consuming. Our simple app automated this task by leveraging open data portals and their APIs to extract relevant data.
Do you want to see design interventions such as a viewing platform, food forest, and more cool features implemented within a park? To accommodate for the growing needs of citizens within the area, we strive to enhance Queen Elizabeth Park into a community-based park, focusing on accessibility, broadening amenities, improving connectivity, and engaging the public.
A marketing campaign that simultaneously highlights combined sewage overflow systems and rainwater runoff pollution issues in Vancouver. The campaign visuals compare rainwater to a presumably innocent adolescent that is actually causing harm in local waterways. The conceptual frame positions green rainwater infrastructure as the “right” path that guides it towards natural soil.
Reimagining how streets are used for transportation. Recommendations for how to best implement an Open Streets program based on best practices and guiding principles research, and encourage lasting positive public health outcomes in an equitable and affordable way.
A proposed blueway corridor through a portion of the Norquay Village community, where Still Creek once flowed. The project aims to simultaneously improve water management and the community's engagement with water. A series of connected blue-green interventions link public spaces and are activated by rain water to provide opportunities for education and stewardship.
To support events that build a sense of community, promote diversity, enhance the local economy and celebrate what it means to be a Vancouverite, our donation strategy aims to generate income for the City of Vancouver’s Film and Special Events Department so that it can continue to provide all events with operational support.
Using social media and a school workshop to educate the public on the history of Vancouver’s streams and engage them in our iNaturalist citizen science project. Our proposal engages diverse demographics within the community with the St George Rainway green rainwater infrastructure (GRI) project. We hope this can serve as a template for future GRI engagement.
A zine showcasing stories of joy, resiliency, and everyday life in the Punjabi Market neighbourhood, featuring traditional community-grown sustainability practices and highlighting the history and heritage of the market. A project by the community, for the community.
Our youth outreach design complements the Vancouver Plan by facilitating civic literacy and engagement. The event invites Vancouver youth to transcend barriers to political participation, including age-based exclusion and other compounding inequalities. The scalable, adaptable activities introduce the deliberative process through repurposed elements of City Hall structure, such that participants become equipped to contribute towards an inclusive, equitable future.
A primer that directs the user on how to value the tangible and intangible services of our local nature, giving Vancouver’s natural assets a competitive advantage against traditional aging grey infrastructure. An approach that emphasizes the climate risks specific to Vancouver, and centers equity and climate resiliency.
Improving community emergency preparedness with community-based kit drives and spreading emergency preparedness awareness on social media. Our project proposes to raise funds and supplies, and to encourage community collaboration with local artists. We recommend partnering with BC Housing and community centers to target populations in need.
This project helped the City of Vancouver gain an understanding of what a “walkable community” means from the perspective of Millennials ages 20-34, and identified key aspects of such communities that should be incorporated into its ‘Vancouver Plan’. By 2030, The City of Vancouver hopes 90% of people are living within an easy walk and roll of their daily needs.
A glowing, visually stimulating installation which uses a QR code decal to connect participants with an online survey. Our aim is to engage youth between the ages of 18 and 25, and to find out what they need in order for the city to feel complete, connected, and culturally vibrant.
We “VanCanPlan”-ed an interactive scavenger hunt and engagement tool that fosters community connections amongst youth while gaining insight on youth opinions. Scavenger hunt locations introduce participants to local businesses or organizations within their community. Participants then fill in a short survey about resiliency and emergency preparedness to unlock clues to the next location and are entered in a prize draw.
A visual storytelling project that aims to amplify Victoria-Fraserview residents’ lived experiences through mural and street art. Our group of UBC graduate students are working alongside Wendy Mendes (CoV), Zahra Esmail (SVNH), and other city planners, community programmers, and artists to make it happen.
To develop an integrated marketing campaign for 529 Garage that builds brand awareness and recognition. Our task was to create an overall theme, design creative campaign elements and develop media recommendations.
Seeing Green will connect Vancouver's citizens through a map and education-based app. Our investment in education creates opportunities for community stewardship. Seeing Green will be the city's go-to resource for green infrastructure education and support the creation and maintenance in Vancouver.
Our framework outlines an engagement process for building ongoing, trust-based relationships with the public. We propose a user experience linking actions and emotions for Green Infrastructure projects. Our vision is to empower residents to advocate for future GI and stronger climate policies.
A Climate Change Education Podcast is a new form of professional development for our increasingly uncertain world - one that is honest, urgent, hopeful, and above all, radical! This podcast will help all educators see themselves as climate change educators. Join us!
Homeless persons deserve a dignified and habitable living experience in their transition out of temporary living arrangements, such as tent cities. With COVID-19 prevention in mind, Project Tenantable Tents aims to provide basic living amenities to improve sanitation and habitability for the growing Strathcona Park Tent City, while the City of Vancouver works to house campers in more permanent accommodations.
MyCityMyPark is an engagement initiative aiming to address the gap between youth voices, and parks in Vancouver. Our goal is to support the Vancouver Plan by promoting equity in the City. We created a platform that inspires youth to voice their vision for parks. This is your City. They're your parks.
GI Smart is an app to help educate Vancouverites about Green Infrastructure sites throughout the city and engage them in volunteer activities through GI information, an interactive GI map, a reporting system for problems with GI sites, and a volunteer system for locals to help maintain GI sites.
FridgeShare exists to address food insecurity and food waste through mutual-aid. A FridgeShare is a community fridge for people to share excess food with those in need. People take what they need or leave what they can, while supporting collective solutions for food insecurity and food waste in our city.
FoodWhere? centres on data from food assets for the Latin American community in Vancouver. We used an environmental scan to analyze online information. We found several information gaps and a lack of food assets which might intensify the food insecurity of this community, in Vancouver.
Exploring our Roles is an online conversation club for newcomers to look at the topics of colonization, reconciliation, and systemic racism. In this conversation club, we emphasized that we all have a role and responsibility to play in taking meaningful action towards reconciliation.
Equity in active transportation means improving the quality of life of community members by increasing their opportunities to access life-enriching activities through high-quality routes and active transportation options. By using our suggested unbiased census and survey metrics, it’s possible to identity inequity and enact initiatives that can then be measured to ensure efficiency.
This is a communication project that aims to interpret the positive economical and ecological effects that kelp aquaculture has locally. The way this is achieved is by exhibiting kelp gardens, creating educational panels and collaborating with other communities that share our goals to spark curiosity and action in the general public to find local creative methods to mitigate ocean acidification.
What would Vancouver look like without fossil-fueled vehicles? We came up with a fun and safe way to engage youth on the Vancouver Plan during COVID: an online design challenge. Four teams designed their vision for a fossil-fuel-free Vancouver in 2050 and presented their ideas to City staff.
Students from UBC present their literature review for the Vancouver Park Board and CityStudio Vancouver. The question we focused on was how should urban gardens be planned to decolonize and provide a safe space for Indigenous communities?