The Urbanism Lab

The NCC’s 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 Urbanism Lab lecture series is back for its fourth season. Join us each month for a creative forum, where leaders, experts and the public can share knowledge and ideas about how to build a great capital.

Upcoming Events

Building Successful Indigenous Communities

June 20, 2018
With “Building Successful Indigenous Communities,” we would like to highlight examples of Indigenous communities that have been successful in developing community projects, programs, and pride through specific endeavours

Capital Cities and Public Diplomacy

Through the public diplomacy initiatives of international delegations, capital cities set the stage for sharing the culture and values of other nations. Learn how Canada’s presence abroad is our country’s opportunity to showcase Canada to the rest of the world, and how the Capital Region learns from our international representatives.

Sustainability: Urban and Rural Lessons for Canada’s Capital Region

Creating sustainable and resilient communities is a hot topic, and there are lessons to be learned from across the country and in our own backyard. The National Capital Region is a unique blend of urban and largely natural and agricultural land. What can we learn about sustainability from these differing, yet complementary perspectives?

Past Events

The Capital and the Healthy 10-Minute Neighbourhood

May 17, 2018
Efforts are under way around the world to create healthy walkable neighbourhoods, where mixed uses, biking and public transit are more attractive. The Plan for Canada’s Capital calls for federal sites to become better integrated into the urban fabric of their surroundings.

How does this contribute to the healthy 10-minute neighbourhood?

Forum on the Gatineau Park Master Plan: Experiences, Ideas and Common Challenges

April 25, 2018

This forum will provide an opportunity to hear from experts in various fields about their experiences and ideas, as well as a chance to learn more about common challenges in protecting natural environments, and to share possible solutions for the protection of these areas.

Canadian Design as a Cultural Export

March 28, 2018
Canadian urban designers and architects are sought-after around the world, and are having an impact on international projects. Is city building and design one of Canada’s great new, innovative economic and cultural exports?

Planning the Sky

February 15, 2018
Green roofs. Views protection. Designing for birds. Illuminating architecture. How do drones impact urbanism? Looking upwards is becoming a critical element of our design vocabulary. Join us as we discuss the varied elements of planning the sky.

Imaging the City

December 4, 2017
As technologies and tools evolve, our ability to graphically represent and understand the urban environment is being transformed. How do new methods of visualization influence our relationship with the natural and built environments? Join us as we explore new dimensions of research and visualization in the fields of urbanism, landscape and design.

Public Science at the NCC: Gatineau Park, the Greenbelt, and Urban Lands and Parks

November 16, 2017
Join us for this opportunity to learn about some of the fascinating topics that scientists tackle on NCC lands: DNA analysis in aquatic ecosystems to track elusive species at risk, research on the emerald ash borer and other studies.

Heritage, circa 1967: The lessons and legacy of Canada’s centennial in the Capital and beyond

October 11, 2017
The Capital was being transformed in 1967 — railways relocated, parkways constructed, new buildings erected, old buildings demolished (or, in some cases, protected) — all in the name of forging a strong Canadian identity.

Socially Inclusive Transportation

September 19, 2017
Presented in partnership with The Conference Board of Canada. Access to affordable, accessible and efficient transportation services brings numerous social benefits. This panel will explore how we can provide more inclusive mobility services for people of all incomes, abilities and ages.

Urbanism Lab 2016–2017 season

Watch the 2016–2017 season on YouTube.


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