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Showcasing city building research and achievement

City Building TMU is a university-wide initiative to facilitate research collaborations, mobilize knowledge and showcase the scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activity happening in city building and urban innovation across the institution. 

At Toronto Metropolitan University, city building takes many forms. Our reputation as a city-focused university lies in our knowledge mobilization, advocacy, outreach and community engagement work, in addition to our research devoted to shaping healthy communities, in areas ranging from sustainability to democracy to technology. For us, city building is about bold thinking that will shape the future of the city we call home as well as urban centres around the globe.

Learn about Toronto Metropolitan's noteworthy city building initiatives, from multi-disciplinary labs and hubs where innovations are developed and tested in real time, to policy research centres tackling critical issues related to urban development, smart cities, social equity, urban sustainability and more.


Dr. Pamela Robinson

Interim Academic Director

Pamela Robinson (MCIP, RPP) is a professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Toronto Metropolitan University, and a registered professional planner. As part of the (external link)  research team, Robinson's research and practice focus on urban sustainability issues with a particular focus on cities and climate change and the use of open data and civic technology to support open government transformations. She serves on the board of directors of the Metcalf Foundation and has participated in four Metrolinx Community Advisory Committees. Robinson is an editor of Urban Sustainability: Reconnecting Space and Place (University of Toronto Press, 2013), Teaching as Scholarship: Preparing Students for Professional Practice in Community Services (WLU Press, 2016) and is a columnist for Spacing magazine.

City Building TMU Academic Council

Photo of Dr. Art Blake

Dr. Art Munro Blake, History

Photo of Dr. Sara Edge

Dr. Sara Edge, Geography and Environmental Studies

Photo of Dr. Bilal Farooq

Dr. Bilal Farooq, Civil Engineering

Photo of Dr. Chris Gore

Dr. Chris Gore, Politics and Public Administration

Photo of Dr. Tony Hernandez

Dr. Tony Hernandez, Real Estate Management, TRSM

Photo of George Kapelos

Dr. George Kapelos, Architectural Science

professor Jenn McArthur

Dr. Jenn McArthur, Architectural Science

Photo of Dr. Dan McGillivray

Dr. Dan McGillivray, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Photo of Dr. Raktim Mitra

Dr. Raktim Mitra, School of Urban and Regional Planning

Photo of Dr. Pamela Robinson

Dr. Pamela Robinson, School of Urban and Regional Planning

Cheryl Teelucksingh

Dr. Cheryl Teelucksingh, Sociology

Photo of Dr. Bala Venkatesh

Dr. Bala Venkatesh, Civil Engineering

Photo of Dr. Zhixi Zhuang

Dr. Zhixi Zhuang, School of Urban and Regional Planning