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CityStudios work on an annual cycle that includes the following key steps
Convene City Staff
Convene City Staff
Once a year we convene City staff to identify and develop project concepts that further Vancouver’s strategic aims.
Match Projects with Schools
We match these projects with courses at our partner schools, ensuring a strong fit between city needs and faculty expertise.
Design projects together
Design Projects Together
As part of their coursework, students work together with City staff to co-create pilot projects for the benefit of community.
Launch Projects in Public
Final projects are launched by students as experiments and pilot projects in the community to test what works.
Share and Scale Projects
The results are presented at HUBBUB, a celebratory showcase where students, City staff, citizens and elected officials connect to make these solutions permanent.

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Learn About our Online Course - Collaborate with CityStudio

Contact us to learn when the next course is available. In our course, you will learn how to do the following:
  • Project Prototyping – Collaborate, and Create and Present Innovative Solutions
  • Departmental Mapping – Find and Make New Municipal/Academic Connections with a Research Concierge
  • Scholar Placement – Upper-Level Students Apply their Research Skills within Municipal Departments
  • Experiential Learning – Expanded and scaleable civic engagement through pedagogy

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How long does it take to launch a CityStudio?

This can take from a few months to up to a year or more. Readiness depends on how established the existing relationships and collaborations are between the municipality and the academic institution. The launch record is four months. Once we understand your readiness we can provide a realistic timeline for you.

Once you’ve received your membership and licence, you can immediately begin hiring for your Project Coordinator. Training and onboarding of the Project Coordinator will take a month. From there, you can begin sourcing project ideas from the municipal staff and connecting with relevant academic stakeholders. Our suggested Annual Cycle provides more guidance on this.

How much does it cost to get a CityStudio for our municipality?

There are two costs: Set up costs and Ongoing Costs. Set up includes your subscription fees, licence, and training. Ongoing costs include staffing, space, and operations (including office costs, event costs, and marketing and communications).

In terms of the subscription fees, we have a tiered structure to make our offering accessible to variously-sized municipalities and schools. Please get in touch with us to learn more about how we do this.

How is a CityStudio funded?

A new CityStudio can be funded in a variety of ways. The key principle is that it is a collaborative funding model with a combination of cash and in-kind contributions from all of the key partners, including the municipality, the school(s), and potentially additional community partners, such as non-profit organizations. We suggest that when starting out, you secure financial commitments to last you the first 3 years, so that you’re able to adequately build your CityStudio.

What is included in the starter package?

Once you and your partners are ready and have signed the Subscription Contract, we will provide you with the following: Bespoke coaching to help you get set up; Training and certification for your Project Coordinator; the Brand package with your new CityStudio logo; a suite of templates for operation; and assistance with building and amplifying your launch announcement.

What is the duration of the Subscription Contract?

Our Subscription Contract is five years in length, and renewable thereafter.

Can I have more than one school/university as one of my partners?

Yes, inclusiveness is a core principle of the model. You are more than welcome to include any/all of the academic institutions within your area.

Can I have more than one municipality?

Yes, there are ways to do this and we have examples within our network. Please reach out to discuss the details of your context.