Our Projects

  • Life in False Creek: Herring Spawning 2022

    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.

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    Green Revitalization in Vancouver’s Chinatown

    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.

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    Restoring Musqueam Watershed

    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.

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    Informobility

    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.

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    Equitable Green Interventions for False Creek South

    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.

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    Navigate Broadway

    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.

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    Green Rainwater Infrastructure in the Sunset Community

    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.

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    Wheel Change Makers

    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.

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    The Accessibility Toolkit

    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.

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    Clean Cooking with Electricity

    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.

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    529 Garage: A comprehensive marketing strategy

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Columbia Market Gardens

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Growing Green in Grandview-Woodland

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Resaturated

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Sense in Cents

    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.

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    Vancouver

    The Punjabi Market Community Zine

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Accounting for Nature

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Stories of Victoria-Fraserview

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Roots to Resilience: A Community Engagement Framework

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Reasonably Radical

    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!

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    Metro Vancouver

    Project Tenantable Tents

    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.

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    Vancouver

    FridgeShare: Community Fridges For People to Exchange Food For Free

    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.

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    Metro Vancouver

    FoodWhere?

    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.

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    Vancouver

    Exploring our Roles

    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.

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    Metro Vancouver

    2013 LFAP: Local Food Action Plan Literature Review

    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?

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    Metro Vancouver

    Smarter Parking

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

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    Renfrew-Collingwood, Vancouver

    Equity in Leisure Accessibility

    Expand options, market awareness and remove barriers to increase leisure access use and achieve equity in the widening gap between income and affordability.

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    Vancouver

    It’s Inexcusable Be Reusable

    Shifting consumer preferences for bringing a reusable drink container and helping them in their push to reduce the number of single-use items consumed by the city on a day to day basis.

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    False Creek

    False Creek Herring

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

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    Branching Out

    Citizen science program enlisting the help of grade three students to collect data on forest health indicators.

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    Vancouver

    Rewild Vancouver

    A wilderness recovery strategy that aims to educate and empower Vancouver’s residents to help the built environment work more closely with the natural environment.

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    Kitsilano Shoreline

    Birds, Barks & Boats

    Spatial analysis of marine bird communities and recreational disturbances along the Kitsilano shoreline.

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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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    Imagination Zone

    Umbrella Taxi

    Modelling friendly citizen behaviour and engaging Vancouverites in whimsical conversation.

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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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    Vancouver

    Urban Campfire

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

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  • How Does the Public Understand ‘Best Before’ Dates?
    Sunset Solutions – Tree Planting, Care & Retention
    Victoria-Fraserview Green Engagement Initiative
    False Creek Water Quality
    Food waste: Educate to mitigate
    Shared Boundaries
    Omniate
    Fence³ (F³)
    De-Reconstruction
    Capra Tilapia
    The Success of Pacific Herring Net Deployment in False Creek
    Jericho Beach Gold Rush – Pursuit of the elusive forage fish
    Expanding Leisure
    Metro Vancouver
    Smarter Parking
    Using artificial intelligence to help Vancouver utilize its existing parking resources more efficiently.
    Northeast False Creek
    Building for Biodiversity
    Enhancing Northeast False Creek’s intertidal biodiversity through shoreline design.
    Metro Vancouver
    LAP – WHAT? HOW? WHY? ENJOY!
    A non-digital marketing strategy to increase awareness and engagement of the Leisure Access Program.
    Mount Pleasant, Vancouver
    Watson St. Whatever the Weather
    A public space created for community connections year round.
    Renfrew-Collingwood, Vancouver
    Equity in Leisure Accessibility
    Expand options, market awareness and remove barriers to increase leisure access use and achieve equity in the widening gap between income and affordability.
    Yaletown Roundhouse
    A Simple Practice, Skip the Plastic
    Research-based solutions for overcoming barriers to reusable bag usage.
    Vancouver
    Creating a Zero Waste Vancouver
    Strategies for plastic bag reduction and waste diversion in community centres.
    Killarney Community Centre
    Achieving Zero Waste: Testing the slogan ‘Choose to Reuse’
    Testing the effectiveness of the slogan “Choose to Reuse” at Killarney Community Centre.
    Vancouver
    It’s Inexcusable Be Reusable
    Shifting consumer preferences for bringing a reusable drink container and helping them in their push to reduce the number of single-use items consumed by the city on a day to day basis.
    False Creek
    False Creek Herring
    Formal data collection and best management practices for increasing herring spawning in False Creek.
    Vancouver
    Choose to Reuse (Cool Cup Project)
    Barriers and opportunities to reducing single-use cold cups in restaurants.
    Vancouver
    Zero Paper Cups
    A video promoting the use of reusable cups.
    Vancouver
    Environmental Education at Community Centres
    Understanding environmental education and programming offered at each community centre.
    False Creek Shoreline
    Rock’n Shorelines, Happy Seaweed
    Assessing rockweed in False Creek to help restore natural urban ecosystems.
    Vancouver Bike Routes
    Improving Urban Cycling
    Collecting user feedback on safety and comfort of Vancouver's bike routes.
    Vancouver
    Rewild Vancouver
    A wilderness recovery strategy that aims to educate and empower Vancouver’s residents to help the built environment work more closely with the natural environment.
    Tower Beach Trail
    Guided Mindfulness Walk
    Increasing awareness about the benefits of natural settings for mental well-being.
    Vancouver
    Paths to Sustainability in the Iranian Community
    An investigation of the challenges and possibilities for including the Iranian community in the city's sustainability efforts.
    Community Centres
    Rewilding Vancouver
    Understanding and promoting environmental education programming through community centres.
    Vancouver
    Put Waste in its Place
    An initiative to reduce single-use items by encouraging restaurant patrons to bring reusable containers.
    Vancouver Bike Routes
    Motivation for Movement
    An investigation into barriers and facilitators to youth cycling in Vancouver.
    Kitsilano Shoreline
    Birds, Barks & Boats
    Spatial analysis of marine bird communities and recreational disturbances along the Kitsilano shoreline.
    Vancouver
    Mugshots for Sustainability
    A social media campaign raising awareness of the negative impacts of single-use cups.
    Vancouver
    Do You Really Need That Steak?
    Determining which form of advertising provokes greater engagement around the consumption of red meat.
    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.
    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.
    Mount Pleasant
    Street Art
    Fostering connections and reimagining public space through collaborative community art.
    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.
    Vancouver
    Urban Campfire
    Urban Campfire is a bid to hold communal campfires in public spaces throughout 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.