Sudbury Residency

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In Sudbury, DodoLab’s projects invited young people to become active, engaged participants in their city. They enthusiastically brought youth into conversations about the future of their city, but also provide them with tools and models for effecting change. Over a period of 3 years, the collective worked with young people to positively impact the future of Sudbury by identifying potentials and barriers and developing concrete proposals and projects to be shared publicly and within official circles. As a starting point in 2010, DodoLab led the Musagetes Youth Café, a two part program of lab and field explorations that involved local highschool and university youth and SACY (Sudbury Action Centre for Youth). A strong emphasis was placed on involving a representative group of youth from Greater Sudbury. Over the week, youth used a variety of field research tools to explore, document and share their perceptions and experiences of the city core. DodoLab’s projects in Sudbury reflect on the themes and thoughts that developed over the course of these explorations: mobility, transit issues, and defining and controlling public space.