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What is CityLab?

Working together to build a better community

Surrey CityLab is an innovative partnership between the City of Surrey, SFU and KPU. Students, City staff, faculty and the community co-create solutions to make Surrey more liveable, sustainable and engaged.

KPU and SFU CityLab courses focus on City of Surrey priorities, and students engage in experimental projects that benefit Surrey's diverse communities.

The Surrey CityLab joins a global network of cities adopting university partnerships to advance community priorities.

Read more about this exciting partnership here.


KPU CityLab Courses

STUDIO COURSES: Public Placemaking & Urban Projects

Spring 2020

POST 2150 CityLab6 Cultivating Community

Using the city as a classroom, students explore concepts of community and place.

Students develop ideas about how to improve public places for Newton's diverse communities, contributing to Newton's Sustainability in Action Plan.

Instructor: Heather Harrison, Ellen Pond

6 credits, Fridays 9:30am-3:30pm, Surrey campus

An application is required prior to registration in POST 2150: please apply here.

SUMMER 2019

POST 2900 S10:  PLACEMAKING 

Using the city as a classroom, students explore concepts of community and place.

Students develop ideas about how to improve public places for Newton's diverse communities, contributing to Newton's Sustainability in Action Plan.

Instructor: Heather Harrison

3 credits, Fridays 2pm-5pm, Surrey campus

SPRING 2019

POST 2900 S10 & POST 2900 S11 Special Topic: Urban Projects 1 & 2

Students develop ideas about how to improve well-being in Surrey, and test their ideas within the community.

Instructors: Heather Harrison, Ellen Pond

6 credits, Fridays 10am-4pm, Surrey campus

Note: students must register in both POST 2900 courses. 

FALL 2018

POST 2900 S10 Special Topic: Public Placemaking

Using the city as a classroom, students explore concepts of community and place.

Students develop ideas about how to improve public places for Newton's diverse communities, contributing to Newton's Sustainability in Action Plan.

Student projects will be presented at a final event at Surrey City Hall on December 7.

Instructor: Jason Ramsey.

3 credits, Fridays 2pm-5pm, Surrey campus


Affiliated Courses

Spring 2020

POST 3110/POST 4900 topic: Climate emergency

Instructor: Ellen Pond

Tuesdays, 4-7pm, Surrey Campus

Many communities and countries are now declaring a climate emergy, as we have 10 years to cut out global carbon pollution by 50%, and 30 years to complete the low-carbon energy transition. What does this mean, and how can we respond to the climate crisis? We will examine the climate emergency from a local government and advocacy perspective, with a focus on solutions.

Resource to look at: Fridays for the Future

Fall 2018

POST 3110 & POST 4900,
Applied Policy Seminar:
Surrey's Biodiversity Strategy

Spring 2019

GEOG 2250 S10: The City
Instructor: Ellen Pond
Tuesdays, 4-7pm, Surrey campus
Instructor: David Sadoway
Mondays, 7- 10pm

How are CityLab courses different?

In CityLab, the community becomes the classroom. Assignments are hands-on, real world projects. Students explore Surrey, and design ways to make the community a better place to live.


Why should I take CityLab courses?

In CityLab, you will:

  • build strong relationships with faculty and other students
  • work and network with the staff at the City of Surrey
  • develop skills to work effectively in teams
  • co-design solutions to real community issues
  • showcase your work at City Hall or in the community
     

Join the CityLab community!

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