Our Projects

  • Vancouver

    artogo

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Bike Buddy

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Bridging the Gap

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Dialogue Diary

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Erasing Erasure

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Monitoring the St. George Rainway Co-Benefits

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Penguin Rewards

    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!

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    Vancouver

    Reimagining Roadways: Promising Practices for Open Streets

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Colour, Kits, and Connection

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Sending Smiles

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

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    Metro Vancouver

    VanCityNeeds

    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.

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    Vancouver

    VanCanPlan Scavenger Hunt

    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.

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    Metro Vancouver

    MyCityMyPark

    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.

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    Vancouver

    GI Smart

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Expanding Mobility: Equity in Active Transportation

    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.

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    Metro Vancouver

    A Fossil Fuel-Free Future

    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.

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    Anywhere

    EcoPouch

    An environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional food storage products.

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    Vancouver

    Rentability

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

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    Vancouver

    Street Seats

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

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    Metro Vancouver

    Macrame Salon

    A social enterprise beauty salon designed to empower immigrant beauticians.

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    Anywhere

    Cozy Crates

    To create community agency in placemaking by providing a toolkit for creating free cozy spaces.

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    Vancouver

    Zoned Out

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

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    Vancouver

    ThinkDisaster

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

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    Vancouver

    The Coop

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

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    Vancouver

    GigCity

    Empowering creative freelancers to find work and build relationships using an online job platform.

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    Vancouver

    Wellbe

    Strengthening workplace communication and interactions that foster wellbeing.

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    Vancouver

    Rise Up!

    Increasing Indigenous votership and political involvement in Vancouver.

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    Cambie Bridge

    Patio Jams

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

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    Cambie Bridge

    Connect Fort

    A large scale blanket fort that is a space for all ages to meet, connect and play.

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    Cambie Bridge

    City Gone Wild

    An educational installation to show the potential of underutilized urban spaces to enhance biodiversity.

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    Cambie Bridge

    ChalkTalks

    Bringing art and engagement to an underutilized space in the form of public chalkboards.

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    Across Vancouver

    Buddy Up!

    A community board designed to share skills and interests for a more collective Vancouver.

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    Commercial Drive

    YIMBY

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

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    Imagination Zone

    Umbrella Taxi

    Modelling friendly citizen behaviour and engaging Vancouverites in whimsical conversation.

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    Imagination Zone

    TeaTalk

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

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    Mount Pleasant

    Street Art

    Fostering connections and reimagining public space through collaborative community art.

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    The Lauren

    Ask Lauren

    Community concierge pilot project creating vertical communities in apartment buildings.

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    Creekside Park, Science World Plaza

    placeLAB

    An innovative experiment in placemaking.

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    Northeast False Creek

    History of Northeast False Creek

    Historical plaques designed to ensure that meaningful stories from the past figure prominently in the way this area is envisaged for the future.

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    Locarno Beach

    Campfire

    Introducing shared public firepits on Vancouver beaches.

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    Cambie Bridge

    Colouring Cambie

    Colouring Cambie aims to create temporary chalk-painted pedestrian walkways that are interactive and engaging.

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    MacLean Park (Strathcona)

    Deck the Dark

    Improving community safety and encouraging interactive play by illuminating Vancouver’s parks during the dark winter evenings.

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    Grandview-Woodland

    Orphaned Spaces

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

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    ​SFU Campus

    Ugly Apples

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

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    ​Downtown East Side (DTES)

    ​Choy-On-The-Go

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

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    Imagination Zone

    IllumiLane

    An interactive light up bike and walk way that integrates art into active transportation.

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  • Designing for Difference
    Cultivate Inclusivity
    Connecting employment agencies with employers to uplift individuals that face barriers to employment
    Neighbourhood Clubhouse
    Climate Influx
    StudyHubble (Study, Connect, Socialize)
    Climate Emergency Dialogues
    How We Move: Feedback from Vancouverites
    7 Symbols of Granville
    Guaranteed Opportunities? Toward an anti-colonial approach to policy analysis for poverty reduction
    The New Commons
    Boardwalk and the Beast: A Case Study in Assessing Park Health
    Metro Vancouver
    Soundscape for a Renewable City
    A sound installation depicting sounds of a renewable city.
    Vancouver Recreation Centres
    Family Townhall
    An engaging and inclusive method of participatory planning.
    Pop-Up Around Vancouver
    Building Festive Engagement
    A way to increase youth engagement in city planning through festivals and public events.
    Metro Vancouver
    Addressing Food Waste at the Retail Level
    An exploratory study about consumer interactions with produce displays and its effect on food waste.
    Global
    A Taste of Home
    How intergenerational practices of food and culture preservation reduces food waste.
    Vancouver
    Project Turbocharged
    Electrifying youth to drive change
    Vancouver
    A Snapshot of Inclusivity
    Looking at Public Space through the Lenses of Our Citizens.
    Anywhere
    EcoPouch
    An environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional food storage products.
    Across Canada
    Reconciliation Calls
    Calling non-indigenous students to Truth and Reconciliation action.
    Vancouver
    Rentability
    An app supporting renters through the rental journey to build resiliency.
    Vancouver
    Street Seats
    An affordable parklet template for local businesses to foster community connections.
    Metro Vancouver
    Macrame Salon
    A social enterprise beauty salon designed to empower immigrant beauticians.
    Burnaby Mountain
    Ugilicious: No Waste, Great Taste
    Raising awareness of food waste by using unsold produce to create nutritious meals.
    Anywhere
    EcoSmart App
    A CO2e diet calculator and community meal sharing app.
    Anywhere
    Cozy Crates
    To create community agency in placemaking by providing a toolkit for creating free cozy spaces.
    Vancouver
    Zoned Out
    A guide to enhance current housing strategies by incorporating students’ needs.
    Downtown Vancouver
    Charge and Connect
    Keeping young people connected to the world with free mobile charging stations.
    Vancouver
    Ten Different Things
    Ten local artists provoke, prototype and test new visions of art and civic life in Vancouver.
    Vancouver
    Triple E’s
    Exploring the role of students in a Zero Waste Ambassador program.
    Vancouver City Hall
    Vancouver Student Manifesto
    A student-focused manifesto designed to impact the Vancouver City Plan.
    Vancouver
    Student Food Network
    Partnering with food establishments to provide $5 student meals.
    Vancouver & Beyond
    The Night is Young
    A toolkit for designing art-centric, nighttime events for youth.
    Harvest Community Foods
    Bike ‘n Business
    Helping to create bike-friendly businesses.
    Vancouver
    Informing Voters to Vote
    Materials to encourage citizen participation in the 2018 municipal election.
    Vancouver
    Living Walls
    Conceptualizing the implementation of ‘Living Walls’ in Vancouver.
    Vancouver
    Communicating Ecological Footprint
    Communicating ecological footprint information to diverse audiences.
    Vancouver
    ThinkDisaster
    A service that provides local businesses with personalized continuity plans to recover from a disaster faster.
    Vancouver
    The Coop
    A platform that optimizes the way parents explore, compare and arrange care for their children.
    Vancouver
    GigCity
    Empowering creative freelancers to find work and build relationships using an online job platform.
    Vancouver
    Wellbe
    Strengthening workplace communication and interactions that foster wellbeing.
    Vancouver
    Vancouver Voting Van
    A modern take on increasing political knowledge and participation amongst low-income households.
    Vancouver
    Rise Up!
    Increasing Indigenous votership and political involvement in Vancouver.
    Cambie Bridge
    Patio Jams
    An interactive music space for people to connect and feel uplifted.
    Cambie Bridge
    Connect Fort
    A large scale blanket fort that is a space for all ages to meet, connect and play.
    Cambie Bridge
    City Gone Wild
    An educational installation to show the potential of underutilized urban spaces to enhance biodiversity.
    Cambie Bridge
    ChalkTalks
    Bringing art and engagement to an underutilized space in the form of public chalkboards.
    Across Vancouver
    Buddy Up!
    A community board designed to share skills and interests for a more collective Vancouver.
    McAuley Park
    Keys to the Streets
    Bringing free, playable pianos to public spaces in Vancouver.
    Commercial Drive
    YIMBY
    Welcoming and including homeless citizens in neighbourhoods outside of the Downtown Eastside.
    Grandview-Woodland
    East Van Skill Share Fair
    Connecting individuals and building a more self-reliant community.
    Imagination Zone
    Umbrella Taxi
    Modelling friendly citizen behaviour and engaging Vancouverites in whimsical conversation.
    Imagination Zone
    Food Recovery Project
    Revealing Vancouver’s food recovery resources.
    Imagination Zone
    StareChairs
    Urban furniture activated with public art.
    Imagination Zone
    TeaTalk
    TeaTalk is a mobile tea-serving cart that offers space for conversation and social connection.
    Mount Pleasant
    Street Art
    Fostering connections and reimagining public space through collaborative community art.
    Grandview-Woodland
    Britannia Food Share
    Redirecting surplus food from local businesses to a youth meal program.
    Everett Crowley Park
    Outdoor Learning Project 1
    Encouraging and facilitating outdoor learning inspired by the Park Board's Rewilding Vancouver strategy.
    Stanley Park
    Learning in the Leaves
    Pilot project bringing outdoor classrooms to the city.
    The Lauren
    Ask Lauren
    Community concierge pilot project creating vertical communities in apartment buildings.
    Creekside Park, Science World Plaza
    placeLAB
    An innovative experiment in placemaking.
    Northeast False Creek
    History of Northeast False Creek
    Historical plaques designed to ensure that meaningful stories from the past figure prominently in the way this area is envisaged for the future.
    Kitsilano
    Local Foodsteps
    Signs in your community pointing you to local, sustainable food assets.
    Locarno Beach
    Campfire
    Introducing shared public firepits on Vancouver beaches.
    Cambie Bridge
    Colouring Cambie
    Colouring Cambie aims to create temporary chalk-painted pedestrian walkways that are interactive and engaging.
    Vancouver Transit
    Harassment on Transit
    Exploring social sustainability and geographies of social inclusion in the city.
    MacLean Park (Strathcona)
    Deck the Dark
    Improving community safety and encouraging interactive play by illuminating Vancouver’s parks during the dark winter evenings.
    Jim Deva Plaza
    Living at Bute
    Possibilities for public space in Vancouver's West End.
    North False Creek
    iGo: Bike Network Wayfinding
    Repairing gaps in Vancouver’s bicycle network to improve accessibility for cyclists in the city.
    Woodwards & Science World
    BikeLab: Bike Repair Stations
    Bringing bike repair stations to the streets of Vancouver.
    McAuley Park
    Reimagine Your Park
    Engaging and activating orphaned greenspaces in Vancouver.
    Vancouver
    Van BirdCity
    Research into a bird program for Vancouver.
    Grandview-Woodland
    Orphaned Spaces
    Research and mapping of unused public land in the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood.
    ​SFU Campus
    Ugly Apples
    Ugly Apples is a local, handmade and accessible solution to the problem of food waste.
    ​Downtown East Side (DTES)
    ​Choy-On-The-Go
    Choy-On-The-Go provides fresh affordable produce to Chinese seniors in the DTES.
    ​Renfrew Community Park
    Sam the Salmon’s Ravine Quest
    A fun, place-based, experiential learning resource in the form of a quest.
    Arbutus Corridor​
    BIOPOLIS: The Card Game
    An exciting card game centered around biodiversity and fun!
    Imagination Zone
    IllumiLane
    An interactive light up bike and walk way that integrates art into active transportation.