Today Uproot visited City Hall to take part in CityStudio’s Hubbub, which is their term project showcase. CityStudio is an innovation hub for the City of Vancouver where staff, students and community members co-create innovative projects. Over 280 visitors attended to see the gamut of inspirational projects ranging from Water Quality in False Creek to Earthquake Preparedness Games.
Uproot has worked closely with CityStudio in the past, so we were happy to contribute to their end-of-semester City Hall takeover. Uproot provided our wooden balcony planters as a prize for the project which accrued the most votes at the event. Members of the Uproot team won the same prize at the hubbub last semester with their Shareable Neighbourhood project, so it was fun to support the next round of talented innovators!
In the morning students showcased term projects and in the afternoon they hosted an interactive discussion, or “idea jam”, busting myths around the transit vote. Design and dialogue is a core process at CityStudio. In achieving innovative solutions to the pressing problems of urban infrastructure, we learned that we must engage with people in open dialogue and create innovative design solutions to make real change in the city. This is the essence of Uproot. We engage in dialogue with members of the community, other social impact companies and city staff to co-create ideas and solutions to the problem of waste. We then take these ideas and work to design and implement the solutions. Uproot’s response to wood waste is upstream diversion. Before wood is sent to the landfill, Uproot salvages and up-cycles the material into projects that inspire and challenge us. Stay tuned for our latest projects and upcoming events.