About CityStudio London
CityStudio London aims to shift the way students, City staff, faculty and community members work together to co-create solutions for our city
CityStudio London is an innovation hub that brings together city staff, students, faculty and community to co-create experimental projects that make London more sustainable, livable and joyful.
CityStudio was founded in Vancouver in 2011 to accelerate sustainability in higher education and provide students with direct opportunities to work in and with the city on urban challenges. Local leaders in London have been working to bring CityStudio to London for the past two years.
CityStudio London launched in 2019 as a collaboration between the City of London, Brescia University, Fanshawe College, Huron University, King’s University College, Western University, and Pillar Nonprofit Network. By furthering connections between City Hall, academic institutions, and local community, London's post-secondary students have more meaningful opportunities to apply their skills, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit to real-world issues and challenges facing our community, and help shape a better and brighter future for all Londoners.
Our vision is for a more livable, joyful and sustainable London where students are deeply engaged inside City Hall.
Our mission is to innovate and experiment with the ways cities are co-created, while teaching students the skills needed to succeed in today’s economy and inspire action in the community and government.
CityStudio’s manifesto directs what we do, how we do it and why. It reminds us of what matters most about the CityStudio way.
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.
Theory of Change
CityStudio measures its impact using an evaluation and reporting framework with a theory of change that’s based on our manifesto, goals and desired outcomes.
Build trust-based relationships between students, city staff, faculty and community.
Launch experimental projects that advance specific city goals.
Inspire students to be more engaged citizens.
Shift culture inside City Hall and higher education.
Contribute to a global movement that makes our cities more creative and innovative.
Proof of concept in Vancouver, Impact to date
249 courses across 7 universities and colleges
318 faculty and instructors
250 City of Vancouver staff
154,000 student hours
Inspired Educator Award | 2017
Canada Green Building Council
Advocate of Architecture Award | 2015
Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, Metrovan Chapter
Shortlist - Re-Imagine Education Award | 2014
The Wharton School
Best Practice Case Study | 2013
Tendensor’s 15-region EU study outlining Tools and Strategies for Innovative Talent Retention in Cities
Cordes Innovation Award (first Canadian recipient) | 2013
Willis Award for Innovation - awarded to the City of Vancouver | 2013
Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators
Top 10 groundbreaking initiative leading social change and innovation in Canada | 2013
This is our pilot year so while we launch please refer to Vancouver’s most recent annual report below or download the PDF.