In the Design component of CityLAB learn how to explain and apply design thinking principles and tools, such as User Journey Maps, to generate solutions that incorporate sustainability, resiliency, equity and cost-effectiveness goals.
At the end of the semester, students will be able to explain the structure and operations of the City of Hamilton, identify the issues and complexities facing municipalities in the provision of equitable services and safe and resilient infrastructure, and critically analyze the City’s approach to public engagement.
Design class is also an opportunity for students to meet guest speakers such as experienced urban planners and architects to learn more about the professional fields when working for the City.
Dialogue lectures and activities guide students to learn how to successfully facilitate a dialogue between and within municipal governments, organizations, community groups, and citizens, while also developing a greater awareness and understanding of community engagement practices and skills.
In Project Management students collaborate with instructors, classmates, project partners, and additional stakeholders to develop an experiential learning-based project. The collaborative and complex project is an opportunity for students to apply the learnings from design, dialogue, city building, and project management to their project.
Visit our Past Projects page to explore previous CityLAB projects.
Through field trips around Hamilton and class activities, students have the chance to explore Hamilton and identify and critique historical and ongoing systemic inequities that simultaneously both prevent and discourage certain individuals and groups from participating in the communities.
City Building also provides the opportunity for students to meet community activists, leaders, and City Councilors from various backgrounds to discuss and learn how they can take action and enact change in their local communities.
Being a part of a tight-knit community has been one of the greatest takeaways for CityLAB students. CityLAB encourages students to get to know each other, grow strong friendships, and work together to build a warm learning environment.
Some fun activities CityLAB students get up to: Lunches at the Farmers Market, Pumpkin carving, pancake breakfasts!