Judy to spark innovation, creativity in city planning and design through OurWinnipeg Studio

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Judy Wasylycia-Leis today announced she will spark innovation and creativity in city planning and design through the OurWinnipeg Studio.

“We will make Winnipeg A City That Works by taking care of the basics,” she said. “But we will also reach beyond the nuts and bolts by harnessing the talent and energy of our city’s creative urban developers, academics, forward- thinking businesses, the planning and design community and students.”

Modeled after Vancouver’s CityStudio, OurWinnipeg Studio will be a permanent city space where city planning staff, educators, students, practitioners and Winnipeg urbanists can come together to actively engage in putting innovative ideas into action.

This will be a low-cost initiative. The city will contribute space and a co-ordinator who will work closely with universities, colleges and other organizations to make OurWinnipeg Studio an engaging place of learning and action. It will provide opportunities for student internships, discussion groups, consultation and citizen engagement.

Winnipeg is home to several innovative urban development programs and we have many talented and motivated people keen to share their ideas. Students from across Canada and the world attend the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture.

The University of Winnipeg is home to the Urban Institute and the Urban and Inner City Studies Program. Red River College has several programs including a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology Program and a Community Development Program.

Winnipeg also has a wealth of community knowledge.

There are now six Neighbourhood Development Corporations in Winnipeg, where many young and creative people are working hard to improve their neighbourhoods. The City of Winnipeg has creative and talented people from many disciplines who are keen to collaborate to improve our downtown and inner city neighbourboods.

One of its mandates will be to provide technical advice to the OurWinnipeg Task Force announced earlier in the campaign. This group of experts and community leaders will be called upon to dust off the OurWinnipeg Plan and ensure its successful implementation.

“Many people provided input into the OurWinnipeg plan,” said Judy. “It was unanimously passed by city council and there is general agreement it is a good plan but there has been no will to move it forward. I will change that.”