COLAB: A Change Lab for Markham

Title: COLAB: A Change Lab for Markham
Project Scope: Strategic Plan for an inter-departmental collaboration and innovation lab for the City of Markham. Developed and as the final project towards post-graduate studies at the Institute without Boundaries.
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Writer, editor. Developed the Old Kennedy Road case study, strategic design direction.
Collaborators: Asma Khanani-Caporaletti, Dana Seguin, Nikki Hsiao Chi Shih, Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez

The 2012 City Systems team proposed a forward looking strategy for its client partner the City of Markham. Students proposed COLAB, a laboratory for inter-departmental collaboration and problem solving within the municipality. COLAB draws on the resources of the municipality, the dynamism of the private sector and the wisdom of the community to research, design, develop and prototype innovative solutions for 21st century urban challenges. In this proposal, students demonstrate the usefulness and suitability of the “change-lab” model for confronting complex urban-scale issues by highlighting the year’s work, explaining the key insights that lead to this proposal, and outlining the requirements, processes and strategies necessary to establish COLAB within Markham. Two case studies are presented as models illustrating how a functioning COLAB would use design innovation to tackle small and large scale main street revitalization.

Photography by Nikki Shih

View the complete proposal


Design and Layout by Nikki Shih

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