The 2018 Ideathon Challenge brought to focus two locations (“Site A” and “Site B”) as hypothetical test cases for thinking through the concept of a pavement-to-plaza activation with the overarching goal of creating an innovative evaluation framework in the form of a “toolkit”—that is, an informative and visually-impactful documentation serving as a resource guide for planners and citizens alike.

Site A: Stephens St & West Broadway (south-side)

Site B: West 18th Ave & Cambie Street (west-side)


  • To propose a site review methodology and public engagement process for a hypothetical pavement-to-plaza activation.
  • To integrate both the site review methodology and public engagement process into a novel and coherent framework.
  • To translate the framework into a generic resource guide (“toolkit”) with transferable application to any real-world location with pavement-to-plaza activation potential.


Upon successful completion of the Ideathon Challenge, students could expect to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills to a real-world project as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Develop collaboration skills to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Develop creative problem-solving skills to generate a novel solution that addresses a real-world challenge.
  • Develop communication skills to articulate an innovative idea aimed at a diverse audience.


Student teams were required to deliver the following:

  • Presentation Pitch
  • Slide Deck
  • Toolkit Documentation
  • Exhibition Poster (winning projects only)


The project theme and scope of the 2018 Ideathon Challenge was made possible through a collaboration with CityStudio Vancouver and the VIVA Vancouver Team at City of Vancouver.