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"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir the blood and probably will not be realized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work."
- Daniel Burnham, Chief Planner for the City of Chicago, 1909

Since 2008, Ryerson’s remarkable growth has been guided by our flexible, visionary Master Plan, a bold undertaking and a flexible framework to revitalize the campus and act as a catalyst for change and renewal in the unique downtown community surrounding the University. The project was announced by President Sheldon Levy in March 2006 in a major address to the Canadian Club.

Since their establishment in 2008, the principles of the Master Plan have guided significant changes at Ryerson. Our enrollment has grown 32 per cent, we have opened the Image Arts Building, the Ryerson Image Centre, the Mattamy Atheltic Centre and the award winning Student Learning Centre, and – thanks to an ambitious student-driven initiative – we have redefined public life on campus by successfully closing a segment of Gould Street to vehicle traffic.

Even with this exciting growth and change, the Master Plan Principles -- Urban Intensification, Pedestrianization, and a Commitment to Design Excellence -- remain current and will continue to provide guidance for how Ryerson grows as a neighbour and city builder while working to continuously improve the learning environment for students.

The ideas set out in the new Master Plan Principles document support the vision of Ryerson as a leading innovation university and as a city builder. These principles have been designed to be an accessible and graphically updated tool to help the community understand our approach to city building and managing change, as these principles continue to guide our on-going campus development.