Ecological Urbanism

All are welcome to join SURP & the Ryerson City Building Institute for the launch of Ecological Urbanism, an exhibit at the Urbanspace Gallery featuring design work by students from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.

Running from April 17 to May 14 the exhibit will showcase designs for Ecological Urbanism, celebrating the intersection of culture, nature and infrastructure. Join us for the launch event of this exhibit featuring a panel discussion from experts in the field and networking. Light refreshments will be provided.
April 19, 2017 6-8pm
Urbanspace Gallery
401 Richmond St. W.
Alissa North, Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture program, University of Toronto
Vincent Racine, Graduate Student, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
Carolyn Woodland, Senior Director of Planning, Greenspace and Communications, Toronto and Region Conservation
Dan Berman, Director and Producer of “Accidental Parkland: The Bounty & Burden of Toronto’s Ravines”
Jennifer Kowalski, Program Standard & Development Officer for the Parks, Forestry & Recreation division, City of Toronto
Moderated by Prof. Nina-Marie Lister, Graduate Program Director, Associate Professor of Urban Planning; Director, Ecological Design Lab, Ryerson University
The Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning, the Ecological Design Lab, the University of Toronto’s Daniels’ Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, and the Ryerson City Building Institute.
Ecological Urbanism features ecological design research and community practice undertaken by students in urban planning and landscape architecture. The exhibit speculates on the future of our city in ways that celebrate and integrate ecological form and function, urban culture and nature, landscape and built form. Ecological Design, as an emerging interdisciplinary field of research and practice, ecological design is both a critical and constructive approach to navigating the interface between culture, nature and infrastructure, and through this synergy, explores new, hybrid solutions to a more sustainable and resilient city. 
Ecological Urbanism provokes viewers to (re)define, (re)mediate and (re)affirm the human relationship with urban nature; in doing so, it challenges us to (re)imagine a renewed and reconnected urban landscape, through a particular focus on Toronto’s unique ravine system. This month-long exhibit will showcase the work of students in the Ecological Design Lab at Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning together with works by students in the University of Toronto’s Masters’ in Landscape Architecture program. Special thanks to our community partners at the Ryerson City Building Institute, the City of Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Evergreen Brick Works and the University of Toronto’s Daniels’ Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Support for this exhibit is provided in part by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada. Curated by Vincent Racine and directed by Professor Nina-Marie Lister (Ryerson University). 

Nature and Cities: the Ecological Imperative in Urban Design & Planning

Named one of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Best Books of 2016, Nature and Cities asserts that ecologically based urban designs and plans are essential as the world urbanizes and the effects of climate change grow more severe. In this collection of essays, leading international landscape architects, architects, city planners, and urban designers explore the economic, environmental, and public health benefits of integrating nature more fully into cities and of linking ecological information to actions across many scales, communities, and regions. The book builds upon the premise of Ecological Design and Planning, also edited by George F. Thompson and Frederick R. Steiner (Wiley, 1997).

Book available here.


 Towards an Integrated Planning Approach for Landscape Connectivity

 Safe Passage: Towards an Integrated Planning Approach for Landscape Connectivity has been awarded a Partnership Development Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in the amount of $199,500. This 3 year research project is aimed at the development of an integrated approach for the sustainable planning, design, and implementation of crossing infrastructure and improved landscape connectivity. The project is structured around closely-linked working groups of academics from 4 universities ( Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Royal Roads University and Montana State University ) and partner organizations. Community leaders in urban and landscape planning and conservation: Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto Zoo, Toronto & Region Conservation Authority, City of Toronto, City of Edmonton, Miistakis Institute and ARC Solutions, have pledged to work alongside a group of professional planners, landscape architects, ecologists, and sustainability and policy experts to generate the material results of this partnership for public exhibition, policy stimulus, and civic dialogue.