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




Centre for Dialogue


SFU Semester at CityStudio


  • Duane Elverum
  • Janet Moore

City of Vancouver:

  • Emory Davidge | NEFC Planning
  • Karen Henry | Public Art
  • Lihwen Hsu | Public Engagement

Student Team:

  • Glenn Mendonsa | UBC
  • Urba Khan | SFU
  • Alex Butler | UBC
  • Iain Marjoribanks | UBC


  • NEFC Area Plan
  • Public Art Boost
  • DTES Local Area Plan
  • Healthy City Strategy


TeaTalk is a mobile tea-serving cart that offers space for conversation and social connection over the sharing of a free cup of tea.

We launched TeaTalk on November 26, 2016 in Northeast False Creek as part of CityStudio’s Imagination Zone. We partnered with local artist George Rahi, using his mobile tea-serving trailer to create an inviting gathering space. On a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon, we engaged in rich conversation with 70 unique individuals. The TeaTalk model demonstrates the simple success of using tea to physically bring people together in an inclusive space, facilitate the creation of connections between local area residents, and inspire future social engagement projects in the Imagination Zone.

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