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TRYCITIES stands for transformative youth cities.
It is a program that brings together diverse
youth communities, civil society, art and science,
to propose collaborative pathways to face
social challenges, harvest youth-led sustainable
projects, promote new public spaces, and develop
an urban innovation network.
Youth-led urban change
We live in times of widespread recognition that the future of our urban societies faces the need for inclusive and sustainable alternatives for transformation.
Inspired by TRYSPACES' 5-year participatory research about marginalized youth in urban ecosystems, TRYCITIES envisions youth voices at the forefront of the cultural, social, economic, and political transformations of our cities. At the forefront of hope for change for our urban societies.
Driven by youthful creative energy and enthusiastic vision, TRYCITIES tries to find seeds of urban innovation within the social challenges of local realities.  It will push youth voices to the forefront of sustainable innovation while bringing science closer to real-life preoccupations.

TRYCITIES proposes to pilot a new inclusive and integrated approach that brings together diverse youth groups in a trans-local way of sustainable city making, by two interconnected processes: incubating urban innovations through collaborative Research & Creation, and ​using those R&C outputs to develop a pan-Canadian urban innovation network.
Build communities
to re-imagine public spaces!

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From 2021 to 2023, local youth cohorts are engaging in a 5-stages Research & Creation program: beginning with the ideation of sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by marginalized youth communities and ending with the incubation of urban innovation and advocacy projects.
MONTREAL
MONTREAL
MONTREAL
MONTREAL
PARIS
PARIS
PARIS
PARIS
MEXICO
MEXICO
MEXICO
MEXICO
HANOI
HANOI
HANOI
HANOI
This Research & Creation collaborative process brings together 4 youth cohorts, researchers, artists, community organizations, and urban professionals in Montreal, Hanoi, Mexico, and Paris, into a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary dialogue.
Collaborating with their peers and building on 5 years of TRYSPACES participatory research and community engagement, youth cohorts will engage with marginalized urban youth communities to face challenges and develop for-youth-by-youth inclusive sustainable solutions and advocacy projects.
MONTREAL YOUTH COMMUNITIES
Indigenous Youth of Montréal-Tiohtià:ke
youth of montréal nord
“social disaffiliation” YOUTH in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Teenage girls of Pointe-aux-Trembles
Young nighttime practitioners in urban public parks
Youth of Parc-Extension
MEXICO YOUTH COMMUNITIES
PERIURBAN YOUTH ARTISTS AND MARIHUANA USERS
YOUTH MIGRANTS
'COUNTER-CULTURAL' YOUNG PROMOTERS
YOUTH MALE SEXUAL WORKERS
YOUNG PUBLIC TRANSPORT WORKERS
HANOI YOUTH COMMUNITIES
RURAL YOUTH LABOR MIGRANTS
YOUth from creative hubs
PARIS YOUTH COMMUNITIES
YOUTH FROM Clichy-sous-Bois commune
Build communities!
Re-imagine
public spaces!
What if...
Leveraging the power of art and science, incubated projects will aim to foster the resilience of marginalized communities and increase their access to new public spaces.
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The program’s methodology will facilitate integrating research and science-based insights into the creation of multifaceted public space projects and social innovations, complemented by art & culture, social entrepreneurship, and policy-making.
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EXAMPLES:
> YOUTH ATLAS ‘VR’ WEBSITE
> GRAFFITI ARTISTS ‘AR’ APP
> YOUTH CITIZEN SCIENCE APP
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Public space
vision
EXAMPLES:
> ANTI-VIRAL LIVABLE URBAN AREA
> SUSTAINABLE URBAN PLAYGROUND
> MOBILE ARTIFACTS FOR TRANSIENT URBANITIES
Some of TRYCITIES features:
A global project.
TRYCITIES is a global Research & Creation project that proposes international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Young people involved in TRYCITIES will learn different skills by being actively involved in experimentation. Including: knowledge mobilization, applying research to creative industry, project management, team collaboration and leadership skills.
Building innovation and creative capacities
A space for a timely inter-cultural exchange.
They will lead an innovative conversation about the role of science, art and civics in relation to public spaces and urban transformation.
TRYCITIES will foster the connections, alliances and exchange opportunities of the broader TRYSPACES social science research project.
Building communities across hemispheres
Proposing projects with social impact.
The goal of TRYCITIES is to propose projects that carry the possibility of generating an impact on communities involved in TRYSPACES global case studies in the four cities.
Let's TRY!
... to join science, action and art to re-imagine cities, and ignite a youth-led future!
We made this for you.
There’re a couple of things you might like about this:
A global project.
You will be part of a global Research & Creation project and an international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Building innovation and creative capacities
You will learn different skills by being actively involved in experimentation. Including: knowledge mobilization, applying research to creative industry, project management, team collaboration and leadership skills.
A space for a timely inter-cultural exchange.
You will lead an innovative conversation about the role of science, art and civics in relation to public spaces and urban transformation.
Building communities across hemispheres
You will help to foster and mobilize connections, alliances, exchange and integration within TRYSPACES.
Proposing projects with social impact.
You will be able to experiment and propose projects that carry the possibility generating an impact on communities involved in TRYSPACES cases studies.
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Financial assistance from TRYSPACES.
Let's join science, action and art to
re-imagine cities. Let's TRY a
youth-led future!
TRYCITIES
Youth Urban Innovation
Re-imagine public spaces!