Toronto Metropolitan University – Centre for Urban Innovation Laboratories
Supporting science in transforming cities
Toronto Metropolitan University’s Centre for Urban Innovation building brings together academic researchers and industry innovators to address issues affecting the world’s rapidly-growing urban populations. Laboratory facilities overlook the multi-level interior atrium, washed in natural light amid a hive of activity, and support research into urban food production, water management, alternative energy, personal mobility, and resilient infrastructure. Specialized CL2 water research facilities include a 30-foot-long water flume for studying hydraulic phenomena, a pair of 600-litre algae bioreactors, walk-in plant growth chambers, and a 45-foot microcosm containment area for simulating semi-aquatic habitats like marshes and swamps.
- Toronto, ON
- Toronto Metropolitan University
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Interior spaces are organized around a skylit multi-level atrium. Flexible seating areas encourage social interaction.
Water research facilities include a 45-foot microcosm containment area for simulating semi-aquatic habitats like marshes and swamps.
Open-plan maker spaces bring people together in a creative and collaborative environment.
Fittingly located on TMU’s downtown campus, the Centre for Urban Innovation integrates the 1896 Ontario College of Pharmacy building and its 1940 addition.