CityStudio

 

CityStudio Victoria is an innovation hub where staff, university students and community members co-create, design and launch projects on the ground.

Visit the NEW CityStudio Website

The central mission of CityStudio Victoria is to innovate and experiment with the ways cities are co-created, while teaching students the skills needed to collaborate on real projects. These projects improve our city and enrich our neighbourhoods, making the city more livable, joyful and sustainable.

CityStudio Victoria will convene stakeholders, define problems and create solutions while improving student skills and retaining talent in the city. We aim to create a culture change at City Hall and in the post-secondary institutions where learning by doing becomes the new normal.

It builds on the success of CityStudio Vancouver.

How did it come to be? 

In October 2015, Victoria City Council adopted an economic action plan, Making Victoria: Unleashing Potential. The Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Development and Prosperity developed this plan through a collaborative community process, which included input from the three local post-secondary institutions.

One of the six economic engines identified in Making Victoria is Advanced Education, Research and Development. Metric for this engine include: increase in number of students who find well-paying jobs in Victoria after graduation; increase in co-op placements in Victoria businesses and organizations; increase in local use and commercialization of products and technologies developed in post-secondary institutions; increase in number of interdisciplinary courses and research projects that meet a community need. Making Victoria identifies the creation of CityStudio Victoria based on CityStudio Vancouver to kick start delivery on these metrics.

In November 2015, a mere month after adoption of Making Victoria, representatives from Camosun College, Royal Roads University, the University of Victoria and the City of Victoria met to get moving on CityStudio Victoria. In January 2016, representatives from the three post-secondary institutions and the City of Victoria hosted a workshop presented by Duane Elverum and Janet Moore of CityStudio Vancouver to move forward and solidify our vision. We’re moving quickly to realize Canada’s second CityStudio.

Where is the classroom?

An empty storefront at 742 Johnson recently became the new home of CityStudio Victoria. Visit the CityStudio website for more information.