Ecological Urbanism Exhibit and Launch Event

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Urbanspace Gallery, 401 Richmond St. W., Toronto

Join 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.


Alyssa 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


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)

The exhibit runs from April 17-May14 at the Urbanspace Gallery 401 Richmond St. W.