The Capital Urbanism Lab

The Capital Urbanism Lab is an innovative space where Canadians and leaders in urbanism, design, heritage and conservation, sustainability, and placemaking get together to inspire the future of Canada’s Capital Region.

Our popular Capital Urbanism Lab Lecture Series is back for its third season. Join us monthly for a creative forum where leaders, experts and the public can share knowledge and ideas about how to build a great capital.

Upcoming Events

A Celebration of National Aboriginal Day

A Celebration of National Aboriginal Day

June 20, 2017
Join us for our June event, dedicated to celebrating National Aboriginal Day.

Past Events

Canada’s Capital in 2067

Canada’s Capital in 2067

May 9, 2017
Drum roll, please… in May, we will introduce our shared vision for the Capital over the next 50 years. What will the region look like in 2067?

Youth Engagement in City Building​

Youth Engagement in City Building​

April 6, 2017
As we plan for the future of our capital, we must not forget about the generations who will be turning these plans into reality. In April, got a glimpse at how organizations are engaging youth in city building.

Parks Planning Inside and Out

Parks Planning Inside and Out

March 9, 2017 
In March, we explored parks planning, inside and out. How does planning impact local communities and vice versa?

Heritage: A Driver of Sustainability

Heritage: A Driver of Sustainability

The physical heritage of Canada’s Capital Region is a visible record of the Canadian story. Learn about the link between heritage preservation and sustainability, and the NCC’s new heritage planning framework at our February event.

Building Momentum With Design Excellence

Building Momentum With Design Excellence

January 23, 2017
In January, we teamed up with Carleton University’s School of Architecture Lecture Series to explore concrete examples of design excellence and the multiple benefits that good design can bring to communities.

“Growing” Trends in Urban Spaces

The Benefit$ of Natural Capital

December 7, 2016
There are many benefits to protecting our natural green spaces. Join us in December to hear about the economic benefits of the Greenbelt, Gatineau Park and other natural spaces.

“Growing” Trends in Urban Spaces

“Growing” Trends in Urban Spaces

November 15, 2016
Where does your food come from? Our November event in the Capital Urbanism Lab focused on the food that is grown and consumed within and around cities, and the regional capacity to meet local food needs.

En Route to a Smart City

En Route to a Smart City

October 24, 2016
Our cities are at a crossroads. Elon Musk and other thought leaders are telling us that self-driving automated cars will be on the streets by 2020. How will our cities adapt to a driverless future?

Capital Building: A View From Washington

Capital Building: A View From Washington

September 20, 2016
What issues do capital cities share? In September we heard from the National Capital Planning Commission on the unique capital building opportunities and initiatives in Washington, D.C.

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