Ryerson continues to transform downtown with relevant research, applied learning opportunities and scholarship on civic concerns, while its robust campus expansion is guided by principles that include engagement with our neighbourhood and seamless integration into the community. In addition Ryerson has a wide range of centres and institutes focused on city building issues and concerns.
- Report slams slow Ontario building approvals
A recent Ryerson report notes Ontario’s building permit approvals process is archaic and the province suffers in many ways as a result as the housing supply stagnates, innovation is stifled, commercial investors are scared away and the ICI sector falls short of its potential.
- Toronto students design zero-energy laneway home
Students from Ryerson and the University of Toronto designed a net-zero energy laneway home that won a U.S. competition.
- The Quest to Make Vertical Living Family-Friendly
Toronto wants its high-rises to be better places to raise kids. A recent report from Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development argued that Ontario’s government has caused the crisis by failing to provide the correct balance of housing types, encouraging the construction of too many condos and not enough single-family homes.
- Students Design Net-Zero-Energy Homes For DOE Competition
The grand prize-winning team, Future Cities Collective, was composed of 15 students from Ryerson and the University of Toronto. The team’s project, “LaneZero,” featured, among other energy-related concepts, solar panels, a smart thermostat and LED lighting. The homes are designed to be built in publicly owned laneways that traverse the city’s dense urban area.
- Congress has left its mark
After a successful week of lectures, events and expos, Ryerson came out on top as host of the 86th annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the largest congress ever with a record attendance of more than 10,000 delegates. Extensive programming showcased the diversity of the university and City of Toronto.
- More than a simple bench
A collaborative initiative among Downtown Yonge B.I.A. and Ryerson, the student-designed parklet was unveiled on Elm Street to the public on June 16, 2017.
- Ryerson Engineers Without Borders is hiring an executive team for its homeless charity project
Ryerson TOgether is a charity initiative that aims to provide students a solid platform to take action in order to find a compassionate, sustainable and pragmatic solution to homelessness through raising funds for homeless individuals/initiatives run by the City of Toronto.
- Hidden urban wildlife
School of Image Arts Professor Robert Burley just published a photobook on Toronto’s natural parklands.
- When nature meets the urban jungle
Ryerson students explore the relationship between city and nature at the Ecological Urbanism exhibition, a new exhibit at Urbanspace Gallery.
- Ryerson's Daphne Cockwell Complex Rising on Church
Since the November 2015 start of construction of Ryerson University's Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex at 270 Church Street, work on the institution's newest educational building continues to progress just north of Dundas Street East.
- Most Scarborough residents will be on the bus longer with subway option, analysis finds
Building a one-stop subway extension in Scarborough will leave most residents facing longer bus rides compared with the light-rail alternative, according to data analyzed by Ryerson University researchers.
- Ryerson University’s newest building: putting students at the centre
Construction cranes sprout here in Toronto in greater numbers by far than anywhere else in North America. Our streetscape and skyline are crammed with boring grey boxes and glass curtains of banality. An exciting exception has risen up and now holds this corner – the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre.
- Growth to Watch For 2017: Jarvis and Church Corridors
Features construction of Ryerson's Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex and Jarvis Street Residence, and partnerships with the projects’ respective architects and constructions companies.
- New report details how Toronto can reduce greenhouse gas emissions
It’s time to think about what makes for an environmentally friendly city, according to a new report called It’s Cool to be Smart, penned Ryerson’ Graham Haines, research manager at the school’s City Building Institute.
- The future of Yonge Street
Panel of experts discuss pedestrian-only option at Ryerson City Building Institute event
- Centre for Urban Innovation
Ryerson University will repurpose an old building to study new ideas about urbanism. The Centre for Urban Innovation will bring together researchers in nutrition, energy and water in an urban context.
- Seeking startups in fashion-related fields
The Fashion Zone at Ryerson University and Joe Fresh have partnered to create The Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation. The Centre is currently accepting applications to its 18-month- long incubation program. We are in search of Canadian startups and businesses in all areas of fashion: design, production, technology and professional services.
- This is why diversity is good for business
A blog by Dr. Steven Murphy, Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management in TheHuffingtonPost.ca.
- Public Space Design: Marc Ryan of Public Work to Lecture at Ryerson University
On Thursday, January 26th, 2017, the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University will launch its Winter semester with the 2017 Margery Winkler ‘Toronto Specific’ lecture. This year's lecture will be delivered by Marc Ryan, co-founder and principal of Toronto-based landscape architecture firm Public Work, focusing on Ryan’s experiences in integrating landscape design principles into public space and waterfront redevelopment.
- Student-athletes host first Big Sports Day for GTA youth
Ryerson collaborates with Jays Care and Toronto Community Housing Corporation on the first monthly event that saw 13 student-athletes from a variety of teams lead Toronto youth from underserved neighbourhoods through a day of team- and skill-building athletic activities.
- How virtual reality is changing post-secondary education
Architecture students at Ryerson University are the first to use VR to design and visualize buildings
- On patrol with campus security
The nature of the job involves interacting with the many types of people who might pass through a downtown campus, including those at their lowest ebb.
- The garden, the beach, the sky: Ryerson University's downtown Toronto architectural oasis
Explore the Student Learning Centre's eight different naturally-inspired floors
- Students take part in Church Street construction
Undergrads paint mural for new Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex. Students who participated are part of the Your Neighbour program, in which residence students participate in on- and off-campus initiatives/community programs that correspond with Ryerson’s academic plan.
- Campus praised for going green
University cited for sustainability initiatives in Council of Ontario Universities’ Going Greener report
- Scotiabank’s enables Ryerson business-student internships at not-for-profits
Ryerson and Scotiabank are pleased to announce the bank’s $325,000 gift to boost student engagement and training in the not-for-profit sector.
- University unveils plans for Congress 2017
Ryerson and the Faculty of Arts will host Congress 2017, Canada’s largest academic gathering, from May 27 to June 2, 2017. The 86th annual event brings together over 8,000 academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners in the humanities and social sciences to exchange ideas for the future of Canada.
- The in-house argument for Ontario’s Law Practice Program
In Ontario, Ryerson University and the University of Ottawa are in year three of providing the Law Practice Program, the alternative to traditional articling, which includes a four-month practical training component and four-month work placement program designed with support from both law firms and in-house legal departments. It has an alliance with the Ontario Bar Association to deliver a program that prepares law school grads for a career.
- Ryerson University's new community building courses actually happen in communities
The Institute for Change Leaders brings a new approach to teaching people about community organizing and affecting social change. Instead of bringing students into a classroom on campus, instructors will instead join participants in their respective communities and engage them about issues that are important to them.
- Turning car trips to cycling trips
More than four million trips taken by Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA) residents are trips that have high potential for being shifted from motor vehicle to bicycle, says a new Ryerson University study.
- Why GTA transit has one ‘last mile’ to go
It's that “last mile” between a transit line and home or office that keeps people in their cars. Ryerson University is gathering experts to figure out what to do about it.
- State-of-the-art studios for the architects of tomorrow
After extensive renovations, the David E. Handley Studios – state-of-the-art design studios that promise to have a powerful impact on the next generation of Canadian architecture professionals opened.
- Creating a resource for those in need
In downtown Toronto, a new project is helping connect vulnerable people with the services they need. Through the Faculty of Community Services, two Ryerson students worked with the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area to create a resource of downtown Toronto’s drop-in centres.
- University values, beyond the campus
Being a Ryerson student also means being a Ryerson ambassador, and the values held on campus extend to the rest of the community. It’s the philosophy behind Your Neighbour, a two-day immersive learning experience that encourages student leaders to look beyond their school.
- Helping students thrive
Mental well-being is more than a momentary concern. At Ryerson, a new umbrella program led by Student Affairs is taking a proactive approach to student wellness.
- Student team designs Edible Allan Gardens project
The project was created through a unique collaboration of volunteer Ryerson graduate students led by a master of architecture student and community partners and supported financially by Ryerson’s Learning and Teaching Office.
- Music Den feels the beat
For the next generation of music entrepreneurs, Ryerson’s Music Den, will be a hub for ideas and technologies that can change the industry.
- A digital monument in the heart of campus
RyeLights is a new initiative that allows Ryersonians to request the light panels on the building be lit with specific colours to highlight important events and causes in the heart of the campus.
- A green-roof oasis
The Ryerson Urban Farm, a student-run initiative to grow fresh food on campus, provided 8,000 lbs of fresh, organic, local produce to campus kitchens, the Ryerson Farmer’s Market and agencies like the Community Food Room in 2015.
- Creating a plan for a more welcoming campus
Ryerson University has unveiled an ambitious new plan to guide future development of the campus, which will help foster campus life, improve accessibility and further define the school’s identify.
- Extreme gardening plays part in future of food
Students from Toronto's Ryerson University have built an igloo-shaped greenhouse that grows crops with just a few hours of daily sunlight. Solar-power regulates temperature, and the igloo's dome shape can withstand high-speed winds and heavy snow.
- Ryerson University unveils plan to revitalize campus public space
Ryerson University is getting more people-friendly. The school’s public realm policy, unveiled Wednesday, looks at life on campus at street level and includes changes to street furniture, curb design, green spaces and lighting.
- Creating a plan for a more welcoming campus
- Ryerson University opens Music Den
New initiative will foster innovative technologies and businesses for the music industry.
- Ryerson University students receive Student Experience Awards for helping improve the lives of others
Even as they devote hours upon hours to their studies in preparation for their future, many Ryerson University students are hard at work improving the lives of others today.
- Building an app that empowers people
Ryerson grad's platform rates Toronto and other cities on wheelchair accessibility
- Developing more energy-efficient residential housing
With little in Ontario’s building code to guide him, architect drew on energy-efficiency building techniques developed by Ryerson University.
- Design competition revitalizes O’Keefe Lane
A student team from the School of Urban and Regional Planning won the Reimagining O’Keefe Lane Design Competition, which created plans to redesign O’Keefe Lane – a largely overlooked and underused public thoroughfare that bisects Ryerson’s campus and that connects the university to the surrounding community.
- A look inside Vincent Hui’s design lab
Architectural Science professor uses technology to help students take their designs from concept to real-world application.
- The neighbourhood beyond the campus
“Your Neighbour” program at Ryerson inspires next generation of student leaders to make a difference in their city.
- Ryerson Builds
Information and updates on our changing campus
- City Building Institute
Multidisciplinary expertise applied to urban issues
- Centre for Urban Research and Land Development
Developing policies and solutions for urban issues
- Ryerson Image Centre
World-renowned gallery open to the public
- Centre for Urban Energy
Meeting urban energy challenges
- Ryerson Urban Water
Innovation in water education and solutions supporting a healthy water cycle.
- Ryerson Institute for Infrastructure Innovation
Developing smart solutions to 21st-century infrastructure issues
- Diversity Institute
Collaborating with industry, government, not-for-profits and academics to improve diversity practices