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Tiny Town Internship

Tiny Town is a 30-year-old scaled model of the City of Toronto on display in the main foyer of City Hall. Humber College is working closely with the City to re-imagine and update the physical model with a new concept that might be 3D, 2D, virtual, movable and flexible. Ideas may be incorporated into the final solution and on display at City Hall for decades to come. Over the summer of 2021, a group of interdisciplinary students and two subject matter experts will conceive, plan and execute a multi-disciplinary project resulting in a sample prototype.

A multi-disciplinary team of students will be expected to tell stories through the model using data sets provided by the City of Toronto, and using tools such as physical structure, augmented reality, projection, words, images, and space. They will also be expected to demonstrate adaptability, deal with ambiguity and build a community of collaboration and creation.

At the end of the internship the students will present their prototype to the City’s urban planning staff and record their feedback for future teams to build on in Phase II.

With project management support from the CCBI and subject matter expertise provided by the CCBI Project Facilitator, The Tiny Town Interns will collaborate to create and build an updated sample tile of the Tiny Town model and a corresponding digital interactive tool that communicates specific data sets shared by the City of Toronto and meets the expectations of city staff in the Urban Planning department.

group of people wearing masks waving with scale model of Toronto on table

undecorated scale model of downtown Toronto

Watch the video to learn more about the 2022 Tiny Town restoration internship.


Applications for the Tiny Town Internship are closed! Applications for the 2023 Fellowships are anticipated to open in the spring of 2023.

Previous Years

You can read about previous years of Tiny Town in the Humber Today newsletter.

"This was my first time working with an interdisciplinary team on a project and I believe it to have been extremely valuable to my experience and career moving forward. It allowed me the space to grow creatively, gave me the opportunity to gain experience working with a team, and allowed me to apply my skills as well as to learn new ones."

- Anonymous Tiny Town 2021 Intern