Dec 15, 2021

Vancouver, BC – Environmental Studies students from Langara College took first and second place at CityStudio Vancouver HUBBUB 17. The two projects were chosen from among fifteen innovative projects that were selected to present at the semi-annual project showcase. Langara students also took first place at HUBBUB 15 in December, 2020.

Students from Langara College, Simon Fraser University (SFU), University of British Columbia (UBC), and British Columbia Institutue of Technology (BCIT) worked with City of Vancouver staff over the fall semester on projects in partnerships through CityStudio Vancouver. The showcase celebrated 893 students, 27 faculty, and 28 City of Vancouver staff who co-created projects addressing key priorities and strategies in the city including the Vancouver Plan, Climate Emergency Action Plan, Rain City StrategyAccessibility StrategyTransportation 2040, and more. 

The week-long showcase opened with a live event featuring Vancouver Deputy Mayor, Melissa De Genova, who expressed admiration for the 893 students who participated this term, and for their creativity in helping to shape the city. Students shared an exciting round of 15-second ‘Project Pitches’ before heading to breakout rooms for their presentations and Q&A sessions. HUBBUB 17’s live event closed with words of gratitude from academic leaders including Yusuf Varachia from Langara College, Santa Ono from UBC, and Elizabeth Elle from SFU. 

The panel of expert judges selected the top three projects, while guests to the HUBBUB 17 showcase page voted for their favourite project.

FIRST PLACE: The Laneway Menu 
Langara College, Humanities and Social Sciences (ENVS 2100)
Judges’ comments: “The Laneway Menu embodies the spirit of CityStudio so well. We loved the out-of-the box dreaming that these students did and feel that it's a timely project during a global pandemic when public space has become the social meeting place for so many. The Laneway Menu is large scale, but by engaging the community and getting all hands on deck, change can be exponential. As the young naive dreamer on the judging team, I'm excited for it to remind experienced staff that they're allowed to entertain seemingly wild ideas!”

Langara College, Humanities and Social Sciences (ENVS 2100)
Judges’ comments: “The GI Grow pitch was very well-rounded, addressing the issue identified with a solution that was refreshing in its uniqueness and practicality. Inspired ideas are hard to draw out, but even harder to implement and we felt this student group balanced the two with a thoughtfulness that is relevant and timely.”

THIRD PLACE: Pop-IN Assessment
SFU, Geography (GEOG 363)

PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Wheel Change Makers
UBC, Geography (GEOG 311)

STAFF PICK (NEW!): Beat The Heat
SFU, Geography (HSCI 412)

The People’s Choice Award was facilitated through the HUBBUB 17 event page, which remains permanently online showcasing all the projects, as well as our Wall of Awesome with all the faculty and City Staff collaborators from the fall. New to this year’s showcase was the Staff Pick award. This recognition is awarded to a project for how it speaks to the CityStudio vision for a sustainable, equitable, and joyful Vancouver.

HUBBUB project showcases are being held across Canada and around the world by 15 members (and growing) of the CityStudio network.

About CityStudio Vancouver
CityStudio Vancouver is an innovation hub where city staff, students and community co-create experimental projects to make Vancouver more sustainable, equitable, and joyful. CityStudio started in 2011 as a collaboration between founding partners SFU and the City of Vancouver, and now includes SFU, UBC, BCIT, and Langara College. In the last nine years, over 10,000 students have worked on 1,860 projects through CityStudio.

About snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College 
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 23,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as snəw̓eyəɬ leləm 'house of teachings', a name given to it by Musqueam, on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located.   

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Mark Dawson
Manager, Public Affairs
Langara College

Renée McMillen
Communication & Engagement Coordinator