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Welcome to the Ryerson City Building Institute. We are a small, dynamic organization, based in Toronto, focused on tackling the urban issues of our time through multidisciplinary research and public engagement. Stay on top of our news, profiles, events and commentary via our blog and newsletter.

News & Stories


A Divorce from Nature

Two seemingly unrelated events occurred on August 20, 2019, with surprise announcements from the federal and provincial governments. Each was potentially extremely damaging, as we attempt to come to terms…
August 21, 2019

Meet the City Builders of Ryerson University

May 8, 2019 in Public Realm, RU City Builders, Ryerson

Together Design Lab Creates Toolkit for Laneway Activation

With laneway housing now made possible in Toronto, it's a great time to think more about how else we can animate our laneways and build an ever-more interesting, inclusive and…
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April 1, 2019 in Profiles, RU City Builders, Transportation/Transit

Making Transportation Networks Smarter: Bilal Farooq and LiTrans Lab

We’ve all been there: stuck in traffic when only blocks away, another route is flowing faster. We think, “I chose the wrong street (bus, train) again!” But it’s not your…
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Our Reports

Our practical, on-the-ground research provides background and solutions related to urban development, regional planning, transit and more.

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Our Policy Papers

Our policy papers represent an informed, considerate viewpoint and urge a way forward on critical city building issues.

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