The UBC Vancouver campus is an ideal venue for a living lab program. The campus is a perfect microcosm of the urban conditions of the entire surrounding region. Its mixed-use environment includes public streets, parks, gardens, high rise and low-density residences, commercial complexes, institutional buildings and even a farm. Although adjacent to, and for all practical purposes, a part of the city of Vancouver, the UBC campus is a separate administrative entity.
UBC manages the planning, development and operations of its campus lands, which includes oversight over infrastructure, utilities, streets, parks and neighbourhoods. This quasi-municipality status allows for pushing the envelope in terms of innovation, and the flexibility to try out new ideas that may be difficult to test in a larger city due to regulatory barriers. To learn more about living lab projects and initiatives visit our new website livinglabs.ubc.ca.
The Sustainability Hub welcomes inquiries from faculty and operational experts to explore future CLL projects and opportunities, within and beyond the framework of the competition. The annual CLL Fund Competition will open again for project proposals in September, 2023.
For more information about UBC Campus as a Living Lab or the CLL Fund Competition, please reach out to Angelique Pilon, Director or Urban Innovation Research, Sustainability Hub or email us at CLL.Team@ubc.ca.