City of Vancouver CityLab

VANCOUVER
British Columbia

CityLab is the City of Vancouver’s primary engagement venue for open houses, information sessions, and community engagement. It is designed to provide flexibility for the continual and continuously changing programs and projects that the City is seeking input on.

Pin-up board times a million

The facility is organized around two primary spaces, one primarily dedicated to hot-desking staff whose work is typically the subject of public discourse, which is on display in the other. This is the making of public policy and programs laid bare for all to see.

With limited space and flexibility in mind, the space is outfitted with few but significant set pieces, the most significant of which is a large felt pin board. On it, staff and visitors (citizens) can appropriate space, leave comments, and engage with staff on a topic at hand. An wall-sized whiteboard servers a similar purpose and with the large adjacent projection area, supports staff presentations while avoiding the top-down lecture style format that can so quickly limit enagement.

Smaller, more discreet spaces are included as well, including a modest kitchen for staff, public washroom, and a small meeting room that re-purposes plywood from the space’s earlier configuration - a choice emblematic of the City’s awareness of limited material resources and also a desire to provide delight and play.

 
 
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HAVE YOUR SAY

Inviting genuine and thoughtful comments from the public is always a challenge. What’s worse? Temporary pin-up boards that disappear, never to return. Not here. Here, the pin-up board is forever, notes left by the public can remain.

 
 
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