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.
- SLC commended for inclusivity by Toronto Urban Design Awards
Since opening in February 2015, Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre (SLC) has done more than provide a space for students: it has transformed the character of Yonge Street. The SLC’s contributions to Toronto have been recognized by the 2017 Toronto Urban Design Awards, where the building received an Award of Excellence for Public Buildings in Context.
- The politics of transit
On November 22 at Oakham House, the Ryerson City Building Institute hosted “Breaking Transit Governance Gridlock,” an all-star panel to discuss the problems—and opportunities—facing public transportation.
- GTA expects 94,000 new condos within five years
The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) will see 94,000 condo apartments created over the next five years, according to a study by the Ryerson Building Institute and Urbanation. This is the highest number on record, and most of the condos will be in towers of more than 20 storeys, the study found.
- Ryerson report says Toronto needs far more new rental apartments
The Toronto area needs 8,000 new rental units a year — more than four times the number it built last year — to restore the region to a healthy vacancy rate, according to a report by the Ryerson City Building Institute and Evergreen, an urban sustainability charity.
- Universities are helping to shape city development
A prosperous and healthy city benefits urban universities and their surrounding communities. While the Ryerson City Building Institute does not physically build anything, its projects – and location – dovetail nicely with the infrastructure work that Ryerson has championed in this dense corner of downtown.
- Next-Generation Professionals Designing the Future of Buildings
The LaneZero Project, by a team from Ryerson, resulted in a net zero energy building that seamlessly integrates into a currently thriving Toronto neighbourhood.
- City of Toronto examining impact of automated vehicles on internal departments: RIMS conference speaker
The city of Toronto is working on creating an Automated Vehicles policy position to recommend to city council that they move forward on AVs. The city has partnered with Ryerson to create some “alternate futures,” involving four scenarios that a Master’s class created about what the city and the Greater Toronto Area might look like in terms of transportation in 2031.
- Ryerson TOgether is hiring
Ryerson TOgether is a campus-wide charitable initiative that aims to create awareness about growing homelessness in Toronto as well as raise funds for the existing services for homeless individuals in Toronto. It is collaborating with Evergreen and Covenant House in providing services to the homeless in Toronto, such as emergency shelter services, subsidizing housing and street outreach programs.
- 10 years of Spanning the Gaps
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Spanning the Gaps offers programs for disadvantaged high school students and adults to help them transition into post-secondary education. Programs include the Transition Foundations Program (for mature standings), Road to Ryerson (for high school students), Ryerson University Now (which provides high school students at risk of dropping out with the opportunity to earn a high school credit), weeklong Quick Start workshops, and the Veterans Transition to Education program.
- A new home for the Real Institute
Ryerson’s English as an Additional Language (Real) Institute is settling into a state-of-the-art new facility at College Park, where its students and staff finally have a space to call their own. The program offers both short-term intensive programs and a rigorous full year-program to enhance English proficiency for students of varying levels
- Brampton's new university – A Ryerson-Sheridan partnership
In March 2017, the province revealed that Ryerson University will be Brampton’s university partner. The university will operate in partnership with Sheridan College, which operates the long-standing Davis campus in the city.
- Where criminology and social justice meet
The Department of Criminology created a new MA in criminology and social justice, a unique program that encourages students to use criminology to make the world a better place. The program is also built on a unique partnership with the Toronto Police Service, which is offering an unprecedented level of access to experiential learning.
- Toronto's four universities will collaborate on student housing study
A new collaboration between Ryerson, the University of Toronto, York and OCAD called StudentDwellTO will take a closer look at the housing crunch over the next two years.
- 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