The Art of Cities 2017 - Final Report

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CONFERENCE REPORT May 24–26, 2017 • Vancouver, BC


CITYSTUDIO? CityStudio Vancouver is an innovation hub where City staff, students and community co-create experimental projects to make Vancouver more sustainable, liveable and joyful. CityStudio Vancouver launched in 2011 as a collaboration between the City of Vancouver and the city’s public post-secondary institutions. CityStudio Vancouver is the first of its kind in Canada and unique around the world. It is part of global shift in education that provides practical learning experiences to help students get jobs and change the world.

CITYSTUDIO CityStudio Vancouver was co-founded by Dr. Janet Moore and Duane Elverum to accelerate sustainability in higher learning and provide students with direct opportunities to work on the most challenging urban sustainability problems facing Vancouver. CityStudio Vancouver was born in response to Vancouver’s ambitious plan to become the Greenest City in the world by 2020. Since then, it has moved beyond goals of pure sustainability to engage students and stakeholders in the hands-on work necessary to implement a broad range of city strategies including: the Healthy City Strategy, the Engaged City, the Greenest City Action Plan, the City of Reconciliation and the Renewable City.


MAYOR GREGOR ROBERTSON It was an honour to welcome visitors from Montreal, Houston, Victoria, Ottawa, Abbotsford, Vancouver, Prince George, Guelph, London, Edmonton, Truro, Washington, Colorado Springs, Bendigo and Durban to Vancouver as participants of the second Art of Cities gathering at CityStudio! The concept of CityStudio emerged as an idea from the public consultation that created our plan to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. CityStudio aims to get students out of the classroom and join us at the table working on our Greenest City, Healthy City for All and Engaged City goals, while enabling students to gain skills, get jobs and put down roots in Vancouver. CityStudio turned 5 this past fall and the numbers tell a story of excitement and engagement in Vancouver: • 4200 students engaged from Vancouver campuses • 310 projects on the ground supporting our action plans • 83 City of Vancouver staff guiding students and receiving project support • 100 faculty members from Vancouver university and college campuses • 119 community advisors from neighbourhoods around Vancouver During this time, students have contributed thousands of hours of public sector innovation, experimentation and project prototyping for our key strategic plans, while gaining credits, skills and training. CityStudio has been a game­-changer for Vancouver and cities in Canada. It is energizing our city and our staff, and creating a culture change inside City Hall by encouraging staff to work across boundaries with energy and creativity. Thank you to all City of Vancouver staff, students and faculty, and especially to the CityStudio team for this work which is making our city more liveable, joyful and sustainable. I look forward to hearing about how the CityStudio model evolves in your city, so we can learn from each other and grow together. Mayor Gregor Robertson City of Vancouver

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ART OF CITIES 2017 For 3 days in May, 2017, cities from across Canada and around the world gathered to learn how to start their own CityStudio. Art of Cities 2017 engaged city and university leaders from across Canada, the United States, South Africa and Australia in the studio to learn about the CityStudio model and the art of collaborative city building. The purpose of the Art of Cities 2017 was to share the CityStudio model for deep engagement and experiential learning that provides real project opportunities between students and City staff in community. We’ve found that the model can unlock some of the specific challenges universities are facing in regard to student engagement and retention as well as key skills required by employers. We also aimed to continue expanding and enriching the global alliance of city-university partnerships in Canada and around the world, helping cities take steps toward building and learning with other cities in our network. The outcomes for participants who attended the Art of Cities included the tools to begin planning and launching a CityStudio where they live. Tools like: • Learning our key concepts and way of operating, particularly through case studies • Understanding their city’s potential • Exploring the Vancouver network • Collaborating in teams while experiencing the design, dialogue and project process • Understanding our licensing framework • Having the opportunity to join the CityStudio Directors Network The conference was presented as a 10 module process (see page 7) that included sessions both inside and outside of the studio ranging from presentations, social engagements, workshops, dialogue and design, and biking / walking tours.

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"It was great. Intellectually exciting, with great food, new connections and I biked 60 km over the 3 days. What more can you ask for?" "Overall, hearing the variety of perspectives—good that it involved conversations & not just 'presentations'. The bike tour was fun; the food was excellent. And I loved your enthusiasm for CityStudio — very infectious."

"Stimulating, concrete plans, and practical perspectives. This is a movement of social action & grassroots change."

"Meeting people from other cities and learning about the passion, perseverance, ideas & possibilities in city building... It's re-validated why I'm doing what I'm doing & I'm happy to meet more of the tribe!"

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FEEDBACK & HIGHLIGHTS 23 SURVEY RESPONDENTS (96% OF ATTENDEES!) • 44% CITY STAFF • 30% UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATORS OR FACULTY • 26% OTHER

increased their knowledge of the CityStudio model

52%

100%

"Highlight for me was engaging with people with such a variety of backgrounds which gave me a new perspective on the benefits of CityStudio to all stakeholders."

agree it’s important to become members of the network

are likely to recommend Art of Cities

"Excellent model for community engagement and vehicle for universities to do project-based work that responds to current issues; students develop sense of agency to make change while many faculty do project based learning."

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have a plan / next steps for starting a CityStudio in their city

agree CityStudio inspired them to take action

agree CityStudio helped them to see what is possible in the city in a new / different way

74%

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"The sharing experience, meeting City staff and studio staff energy. And seeing the collaboration in Vancouver among City, universities, students, communities."


MODULES MODULE 1 THE CITYSTUDIO WAY Participants experience our approach to relationships and dialogue, the heart of the CityStudio Way. MODULE 2 ORGANIZATIONAL DETAILS: PROGRAMS, GOVERNANCE AND OPERATIONS An exploration of how CityStudio’s Theory of Change intersects with its programs’ governance and operations, with an overview of how each of these element works in practice. MODULE 3 OUR FOUR PROGRAMS This module breaks down each of CityStudio’s four programs (the Hub; Studio Course; Campus Courses; and, Project Development) operationally and how each is informed by CityStudio’s Theory of Change. MODULE 4 ANNUAL CYCLE AND PROJECT PROCESS Using the lens of how projects are identified and developed, participants are taken through a typical year of activities at CityStudio. MODULE 5 READINESS ASSESSMENT FOR CITIES Participants are guided through a process to determine their city’s readiness to launch. They are supported in developing a strategy for next steps in their city and given a checklist of necessary resources.

MODULE 6 TRUE CONFESSIONS. LESSONS LEARNED BUILDING CITYSTUDIO The co-founders candidly reflect on five years of CityStudio development, sharing lessons and key insights. MODULE 7 STAKEHOLDER MAPPING CityStudio is a multi stakeholder process. Participants engage in an empathy mapping exercise to determine who their City’s key stakeholders are and how to engage them in effectively establishing a CityStudio. MODULE 8 MEETINGS WITH CHAMPIONS Participants have in-depth meetings with key CityStudio champions (City Staff, Faculty, Community Partners). MODULE 9 VANCOUVER BIKE TOUR City of Vancouver staff take participants on a bike or walking tour of the city to share best practices and key planning accomplishments. MODULE 10 NEXT STEPS IN YOUR CITY A workshop to strategize next steps and options available towards developing a CityStudio in your city.

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PARTICIPANTS SANDEEP AGRAWAL Professor and Inaugural Director, University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, CAN CAROL AITKEN Chair, IDEA School of Design & Co-Coordinator, Bachelor of Design, Capilano University

North Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN MANJIT BASI Co-Founder, Executive Director, Synapcity

Ottawa, Ontario, CAN ANDY BEST Advisor for Service Design and Innovation in the CAO's office (City Manager)

Guelph, Ontario, CAN LYNN BOSETTI Dean of Education, La Trobe University

Melbourne, AUS MARIAN BRUIN Supervisor Community Strategies and Development

Edmonton, Alberta, CAN WAYNE CHIANG Vice President, Green Apple Art Center

Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN ERIC DAVIS Senior Academic Administrator, University of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford, British Columbia, CAN CARLOS DELGADO Senior Associate, National League of Cities

Washington, D.C., USA JASON FOX Director of Planning & Development

Truro, Nova Scotia, CAN KYRKE GAUDREAU Sustainability Manager

Prince George, British Columbia, CAN CHRISTINE KERRIGAN Multidisciplinary designer, Collaborator with "Sounds in the City" team, McGill University, Co-host team and facilitator, Concordia ULab, UQAM graduate student

Montreal, Québec, CAN

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MYRNA KHAN Head of External Relations

Edmonton, Alberta, CAN CORINA MCKENDRY Assistant Professor, Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA KERRI MOORE Manager of Strategic Relations and Business Development, City of Victoria

Victoria, British Columbia, CAN TREVOR MURRAY Budget Manager, Strategy and Adjunct Associate Professor

Bendigo, Victoria, AUS COLLIN PILLAY Program Manager: Academic Collaboration

Durban, South Africa HANI QUAN Senior Planner, City Lab, City of Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta, CAN CHUCK ROBERTS Senior Engineer at Town of Truro

Truro, Nova Scotia, CAN CRAIG TOEWS Executive Director Campus Planning & Resource Development, University of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford, British Columbia, CAN KATHERINE TRELOAR General Manager, Innovation, Strategy & Intergovernmental Relations

Abbotsford, British Columbia, CAN ZUZANA VASKO Instructor, Simon Fraser University

Maple Ridge, British Columbia, CAN CHRISTINE WEST Cultural Programs Manager, Houston First

Houston, Texas, USA PAUL YEOMAN Director, Community & Economic Innovation

London, Ontario, CAN


EVENTS DAY 1 Wed, May 24th

DAY 2 Thur, May 25th

DAY 3 Fri, May 26th

What is CityStudio

How it Works

In Your City

8:30-9:30 Breakfast at CityStudio

8:30-9:30 Breakfast at CityStudio

Sign up for Tours and 1-on-1’s. 9:30 Arrival Breakfast at CityStudio.

9:30-10:00 Check-in

9:30-10:00 Check-in

Questions from yesterday?

Questions from yesterday?

10:00-12:30 Welcome

10:00-12:30 Deeper Dive

10-12:00 Getting Started

Module 1​: The CityStudio Way.

Module 5​: ​Readiness Assessment for

Module 10​: Next steps in your city.

Cities.

CityStudio Directors Network. Quick start

Module 2​: Organizational details:

Module 6​: True Confessions & Lessons

guide. Brand guidelines. Creating your

Programs, Governance and

Learned Building a CityStudio.

plan.

Operations.

Module 7​: Stakeholder Mapping.

Closing Circle

12:30-1:30 Lunch

12:30 Lunch with Champions

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 ​Begin Building a CityStudio Module 3​: Our 4 programs.

1:30-2:30 Meetings with Champions

1:30 Depart

Module 8​: Participant meetings with city staff, faculty, students, CityStudio team.

2:30-3:00 Break

2:30-3:00 Break

3:00-4:00 Project Examples

3:00-5:00 Bike Tour

Module 4​: ​Annual Cycle and Project

Module 9​: Vancouver Mobi Bike Tour.

Process.

4:30-Late. Reception

5:00-Late. Apres Bike Tour Meet up Drop off bikes and meet up at restaurant (TBA).

Reception at Mahony’s. 602 Stamps Landing

(604) 876-0234

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RECEPTION As a special welcome to all 2017 participants, an opening reception was held at Mahony and Sons, just a few minutes down the sea wall west of CityStudio. City of Vancouver champions including Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Manager Sadhu Johnson, as well as Councillors Andrea Reimer, Heather Deal and Adrienne Carr, partner faculty, community members and CityStudio alumni joined us for a beautiful evening of celebration and connection on Vancouver's waterfront. Mayor Gregor Robertson and Mayor Lisa Helps from Victoria welcomed participants and expressed their wholehearted support for the CityStudio model and its impact on making a city more livable, sustainable and joyful. Guests were treated to stunning Vancouver views, an opportunity to meet friends and key partners in the CityStudio network and an enthusiastic welcome to the Art of Cities.

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City Studio: Art of Cities Bike Tour

Thursday, May 25th 3pm - 5:15pm

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NETWORK 2015 ART OF CITIES PARTICIPANTS Brantford, ON Calgary, AB Edmonton, AB Hamilton, ON Surrey, BC Toronto, ON Waterloo, ON Winnipeg, MB CITYSTUDIOS AND INSPIRED HUBS LAUNCHED SINCE 2015 Atlanta CityStudio, GA, USA CityStudio Brantford, ON Vivacity Calgary, AB CityStudio Corner Brook, NL CityLAB Hamilton, ON CityStudio Vancouver, BC CityStudio Victoria, BC CityStudio Waterloo, ON 2017 ART OF CITIES PARTICIPANTS Abbotsford, BC Bendigo, Australia Colorado Springs, CO, USA Durban, South Africa Edmonton, AB Guelph, ON Houston, TX, USA London, ON Melbourne, Australia Montreal, QC Ottawa, ON Prince George, BC Truro, NS Vancouver, BC Washington (National League of Cities), DC, USA North Vancouver, BC Maple Ridge, BC

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IS MY CITY READY? BUILD ONE IN YOUR CITY How do we know if our city is ready for a CityStudio? As a key service within our licensing framework, we have created a ‘City Readiness Assessment’, a checklist of criteria similar to the checklist and questions below that helps us understand the current status of any city relative to creating and launching a CityStudio. CHECKLIST City onboard   A commitment in principle from the Mayor, Deputy Mayor or CMO University Commitment   A commitment from VP Academic, VP External, or Director Muni-Uni MOU   A signed commitment to signal the intention to work together Students with Faculty   A keen and committed & faculty member with a project-based course Projects Coordinator   Project matchmaker on the ground working with staff and faculty Funding Plan   Seed or collaborative funds: $50K-100K in kind or secondment Institutional Champions   City & post secondary leaders promoting the idea in their institution Space   A classroom, city space or storefront for projects and gathering Fiscal Agent   A budgetary home for the funding and contracting GUIDING QUESTIONS: • Is there interest in the model from city and academic leadership? • Does the Mayor like the idea? • Are there existing relationships with 1 or more schools? • Do you have a relationship with university leadership or Faculty? • Which school leader is most supportive of experiential learning? • Which faculty specialize in experiential learning? • What does your city need need help with? • What are obvious barriers to moving forward? Can you start there? How long does it take to implement a CityStudio? After the Art of Cities 2015, it took participating cities up to a year and a half to launch.

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SERVICES Can you come to our city and offer a workshop or a keynote? CityStudio co-directors and co-founders Duane Elverum and Janet Moore are available for city visits, speaking engagements and workshops. They can be reached through the website. Can we use the CityStudio name in our city? We have a readiness workshop and licensing agreement process. Please contact us to learn more about sharing the CityStudio model. What services and support do you provide? Our frequent conversations with cities have allowed us to create a clear understanding of what cities need and how we can help. In addition to the Art of Cities, we support cities in the following ways: • Readiness Assessment • Site Visit including Keynote & Workshops with Co-Directors • Online and in-person meetings with your city • Coaching Services • Stakeholder Identification and Development • Project Development • Templates and Documentation • Pedagogy • Project Development • Showcase Design

Please contact us if you have any questions about how we can help you develop and launch a CityStudio: media@citystudiovancouver.com

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MANIFESTO We don’t employ a devil’s advocate at CityStudio. We say Yes more than No. We remain curious and stay open to others’ ideas. We learn by doing. By following an idea. By experimenting with our hands. By taking risks. By trying, struggling and failing forward fast. And in the end, we have done something that is real. We find ways to tackle global issues by putting a project on the ground in a local place. We learn that good projects come from good relationships. That working together is the only way it can work. And that we can’t solve a complex problem without hearing from everyone affected by it. We sit in a circle and speak from our hearts and our minds. We learn to listen. We learn to enjoy the long pause that emerges in a rich dialogue. We learn how to design. We find better problems to solve. We learn that aesthetics matter. We work on a team and reflect on our process together. We believe that small projects can add up to big changes in our community, our city and in ourselves. And if we do it right, we will be high fiving at the end. We’ve been to the future and it ends well. Trust the Process.

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ART OF CITIES TEAM

PARTNERS

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ART OF CITIES: Vancity, City of Vancouver, Mobi by Shaw Go, Naked Snacks, Guayakí Yerba Mate, Ethical Bean, SFU Centre for Dialogue, Fairware

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CITY OF VANCOUVER Mayor Gregor Robertson  Mayor of Vancouver Kevin Quinlan  Chief of Staff Sadhu Johnston  City Manager Andrea Reimer  City Councillor Heather Deal  City Councillor Raymond Louie  City Councillor Doug Smith  Acting Director of Sustainability Brad Badelt  Acting Assistant Director of Sustainability

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY Peter Keller  Vice President Academic and Provost Shauna Sylvester  Director, Centre for Dialogue Mark Winston  Professor and Former Director, Semester in Dialogue Lisa Papania  Co-director, Business of Design Meagan Winters  Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences Shawn Smith  Co-Director, RADIUS Donovan Woollard  Co-Director, RADIUS

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA David Shorthouse  Director, Academic Initiatives Victoria Smith  Director, Communications and Community Engagement , UBC Sustainability Initiative Susan Grossman  Director, UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning Rob VanWynsberghe  Professor, Faculty of Education James Tansey  Executive Director, Sustainability Initiative Off ice

LANGARA COLLEGE Lane Trotter  President and CEO Julie Longo  Dean of Arts Drew Egan  Instructor, Department of Geography and Geology Margaret Heldman  Dean of Science

CITYSTUDIO

BRITISH COLUMBIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Bill Dow  Associate Vice President, Student Services Jennie Moore  Associate Dean, Building Design and Construction Technology

EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY OF ART & DESIGN Kate Armstrong  Director, Living Labs Justin Langlois  Assistant Professor, Faculty of Culture and Community and Senior Researcher, Living Labs Laura Kozak  Coordinator, Living Labs Christine Stewart  Faculty of Design & Dynamic Media

VANCOUVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE Peter Nunoda  President and CEO

NATIVE EDUCATION COLLEGE Dan Guinan  President Jason LaRochelle  Dean of Academics Krystin Glowa  Instructor, Business Communication

VANCITY Lauren Dobell  Director of Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy Elizabeth Lougheed Green  Manager of Community Investment

VANCOUVER FOUNDATION Niveria Oliveira   Manager, Grants and Community Initiatives

VANCOUVER ECONOMIC COMMISSION Pietra Basilij  Planner Meg O’Shea  Green Economy Community Coordinator

J.W. MCCONNELL FAMILY FOUNDATION Stephen Huddart  President and CEO John Cawley  Vice President Chad Lubelsky  Associate Program Director

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