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Welcome to CITYlab!

CITYlab uses placemaking as a tool to engage in conversation about how cities evolve, to connect people to place and to each other, to learn by testing or piloting innovative ideas and to highlight City planning goals. We are a small unit within the new City Planning Branch

For us placemaking means (re)activating Edmonton’s shared public spaces to deepen our connections to place and to each other. 

Upcoming Events

Incline to Include
CITYlab, in partnership with the Old Strathcona Business Association and the Accessibility Advisory Committee, is testing out accessible ramps on participating storefronts on Whyte Avenue.

World Town Planning Day - Wednesday November 9, 2016
CITYlab and the Alberta Professional Planners Institute will be celebrating World Town Planning Day again by inviting Edmontontians to a movie!

Great Ideas. Great City.

The City's Great Ideas. Great City. speaker series invites Edmontonians to explore inspiring ideas that help shape a great city. It's the start of a city-building conversation with people who love their city, care about the challenges we face, and are willing to share their passion, insights and perspectives.

We will be bringing in speakers who may not be the technical experts, but will be people who care about cities, who have given a great deal of thought to the issue at hand, who can provoke us to think differently, and who have their own experiences to share.

Meet our Friends

We are always looking to work collaboratively with other groups in Edmonton. Lots of people are doing great things.
Here are some of them:

Are you a group in the city working on interesting urban planning and placemaking projects or activities?
Get in touch with us at

Project Criteria

We want to collaborate on placemaking and urban planning projects and activities. Sometimes we’ll lead, sometimes we’ll support, but we’re always looking to partner and make new friends.

We want to try new things and take small risks with you. We'll help refine and implement your ideas and can provide resources, materials and a few helping hands.

We’re a small but mighty team. We don’t have the capacity to take on every project that we receive. We will evaluate all project submissions based on the following criteria:

Spark conversations about urban planning

Does the project get people talking about urban planning?
Does it relate to an urban planning idea, challenge or opportunity?

Involve collaboration

Does the project connect people and build relationships in creative ways?

Demonstrate creativity and experimentation

Is the project innovative?
Does it test something new?
Can we learn from it?

Can be easily implemented

Is the project feasible?
Is it easy to set-up and take down?

Activate and animate

Does the project fit in a parking spot (or lot), vacant space or on a wall (for example)?
Is it small-scale?

Submit a Project

We review project submissions on an ongoing basis.

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