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Faculty of Community Services

Research centres and labs

Ryerson’s School of Urban and Regional Planning is home to an active research enterprise.

Our research centres and labs bring together scholars, students, professionals and members of the community to address critical urban planning issues.


+city lab

+city lab uses experimental research and design practice to explore platforms that focus on contemporary approaches to city and open territory design due to rapid urbanization.



Centre for Urban Research and Land Development  

The Centre for Urban Research and Land Development formulates policies and solutions that address the concerns confronting urban growth and change within the Greater Golden Horseshoe.



Ecological Design Lab

The Ecological Design Lab tests new strategies, develops evidence-based next-generation practices, and finds tangible solutions to sustainability and resilience, as we rethink, remake, reinvent and renew our relationship to nature in the city.



Ryerson City Building Institute

The Ryerson City Building Institute is a multidisciplinary centre focused on issues relevant to city regions nationally and globally. The Institute brings together political leadership, policy ideas and people from diverse backgrounds to address critical urban challenges. 



TransForm Lab

TransForm Lab develops and invests in students while examining how existing and novel means of transportation influence urban systems, and how our regions and neighbourhoods shape travel behaviour and human movement.