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We are city builders

Aerial view of Ryerson campus and downtown Toronto

At Ryerson, city building takes many forms. In addition to our commitment to urban-focused research, we’re deeply invested in building a campus and community that enriches downtown Toronto and serves as a model for how universities can be fully integrated with the urban centres in which they’re located.

The city is more than just our home — it’s a site of collaboration and shared responsibility. As a university dedicated to uniting knowledge and action, one of our most important benchmarks is the contribution we make to our surrounding community and the city at large. From new additions to our campus to diverse urban partnerships, we’re devoted to ensuring that the cities of tomorrow are healthy places to live, work and learn.

Here’s a look at some of Ryerson’s noteworthy city-building initiatives.

Exterior of the Centre for Urban Innovation at Ryerson University

The Centre for Urban Innovation

Ryerson University’s new Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI) is a collaborative space where big thinkers come together to tackle the challenges posed by our ever-growing cities. This new 60,000-square-foot building provides research and innovation space for faculty and students focusing on solutions to critical urban issues.

From alternative energy and water management to data analytics and smart urban infrastructure, the work that takes place here will help define the cities of the next century.

The Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex on Church Street in Toronto

Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex

Designed by the internationally acclaimed architectural firm Perkins + Will, the soon-to-open Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex features outstanding learning and research spaces that encourage not only cross-disciplinary connections among students, faculty and staff, but also interaction between the activities of the building and its surrounding community.

These connections underscore the holistic approach to health and wellness taken at Ryerson and our determination to foster healthy cities and citizens.

Art installation on King Street West in Toronto

ShapeLab and the King Street Pilot Project

Not every city-building venture involves a new building or a huge urban footprint. Ryerson students have also been fortunate enough to get a chance to help improve Toronto’s urban landscape and infrastructure. One example of this is ShapeLab, a collaborative venture between Ryerson and the City of Toronto undertaken in 2018.

The four-month experiential learning initiative used the King Street Transit Pilot as a real-world opportunity for students to add vibrancy to one of the city’s busiest streets. Four winning teams were ultimately chosen to install their designs, which animated the streetscape through the fall.

Aerial view of Ryerson Quad

Ryerson 2030: Ryerson Campus Master Plan

Both Ryerson and Toronto have grown immensely since the implementation of our 2008 Campus Master Plan. Through a year-long consultation process in 2019, we are inviting Ryerson students, faculty, staff and neighbouring partners to weigh in on important themes that will shape the future of our campus.

These include sustainability, safety and accessibility, community inclusion and the Indigenization of the campus. Informed by our commitment to urban intensification, pedestrianization and design excellence, the Ryerson of 2030 will serve as a model for downtown university campuses across North America.

Interior of the Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation

Urban-focused institutes and research hubs

The Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Ryerson University is an academic-industry partnership that explores and develops sustainable solutions to urban energy challenges.

Ryerson Urban Water (RUW) is a multidisciplinary collective of over 40 experts across six faculties working on water conservation strategies including green roofs and urban forests, low-impact development and municipal master planning, engineered wetlands and wastewater mitigation strategies.

The City Building Institute (CBI) combines leading-edge research with broad public engagement to advance progressive city building in the GTHA and beyond. It produces public policy research and shares insights addressing diverse urban challenges to promote healthy neighbourhoods, cities and regions.

The Ryerson Institute for Infrastructure Innovation (RIII) provides a catalyst for innovation on all aspects of infrastructure design, construction, financing, maintenance and operations. It adopts a systems approach through multidisciplinary research to address various infrastructure issues ranging from engineering and technological advancement to managerial and policy innovations.

The Centre for Urban Research and Land Development is an expert-led research centre, dedicated to formulating policies and solutions to address the concerns confronting urban growth and change within the Greater Golden Horseshoe region.