Our workshops include resilience walks, asset mapping activities and resilience-themed block parties. We aim to raise awareness about local risks, share information about existing initiatives, generate conversations promoting emergency preparedness and highlight community strengths and resources while providing an opportunity for neighbours to meet. Our goal is to build resilience by fostering connections among residents, as well as between organizations and neighbourhoods, through dialogue and experiential learning.
We work with communities to create Neighbour Hubs, unique public infrastructure that fosters resilience by engaging people in the design of their interactive features, such as kinetic energy production and rainwater collection. These shared resources encourage residents to get involved in their community and take an active role in their own resilient future. In addition to providing resources accessible both daily and in the case of an emergency, Neighbour Hubs prompt residents take individual action and make emergency plans with family and friends.
Collaboration makes the best team.
Our partners are vital to the design process and our success. We are grateful for the interdisciplinary relationships we share.
Designers, planners and engagement leaders
Neighbour Lab is a Vancouver-based design and urban planning cooperative that builds neighbourhood resilience through co-creation and dialogue. We foster connections between neighbours by designing Neighbour Hubs (shared community structures) and facilitating workshops (such as guided walks and asset mapping). Interested in building resilience in your neighbourhood? Let's chat!
The creators of the lab, from top left to bottom right, are Adele Therias (BA Environment & sustainability), Leah Karlberg (BA human geography), Steph Koenig (BD Industrial Design) and Emi Webb (BD Industrial Design). Each member offers invaluable experience and skills through their own background: The geographers think in terms of spatial systems, the industrial designers develop technical details and aesthetics, and the community planners consider social issues like accessibility and engagement. Together, we are able to approach the complex goal of resilience, guided by the invaluable knowledge of the communities with which we collaborate.