Toronto Metropolitan University – Centre for Urban Innovation Laboratories

Supporting science in transforming cities

Science & Technology

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.

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Location
Toronto, ON
Client
Toronto Metropolitan University
Completion
2018
Collaborators

Crossey Engineering Ltd.
LEA Consulting Ltd.
Moriyama & Teshima Architects

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Laboratory Design

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.

The Team