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Housing Learn more
These two videos examine and define existing affordable housing, and look at some of the ways that cities in North America are framing policies and facing challenges to preserve it.
Toronto’s Kensington Market is a hub of culture and activity, its urbanism and diversity defined by the people who have lived and worked there over generations. Like so many neighbourhoods in Toronto, it faces immense economic and development pressures. The Kensington Market Community Land Trust (KMCLT) exists to protect it from some of those pressures by acquiring buildings for community-owned affordable housing.
This 3-part video series looks at how home owners can contribute to the need for more ‘missing little’ housing; partner with friends, family and even strangers in co-purchasing arrangements; and downsize by turning single homes and plots into multiplexes.
This 2-part series explores the complex causes behind the housing crisis and then suggests solutions that go beyond simply building more housing.
The School of Cities at the University of Toronto, City Building TMU and ULI Toronto created a four-part “how-to” webinar series with industry experts to trailblaze a renovation revolution across our neighbourhoods and ensure Missing Middle housing gains are affordable and equitable, starting at the smallest scale – single-family properties – the “Missing Little.
Climate & Environment Learn more
U of T researchers and recipients of School of Cities Urban Challenge Grants talk about what climate justice means and why research on the intersection of racial justice and climate resilience is so critical.
This full-day event in May 2023 brought together academics and policymakers to discuss cutting edge research and policy implications for urban communities disproportionately affected by climate change. Speakers included recipients of our Urban Challenge Grants, representing over 20 departments across the University of Toronto.
Governance Learn more
This video provides an overview five ways to govern a city that is made up of multiple smaller cities – a puzzle faced by city-regions all over the world.
In January 2023, as municipal governments contended with pandemic recovery, rising inflation, and fiscal pressure, we asked what actions could be taken at a regional level to build more equitable, economically competitive, and livable regions?
In advance of the city’s Fall 2022 municipal election, the School of Cities hosted five former Toronto Mayors to discuss the new “Strong Mayor” system and what it means for the city and its residents.
Knowledge Café Learn more
Knowledge Café is a monthly speaking opportunity that brings the research led by a diverse group of urban-focused U of T academics and researchers to a discursive platform, to inspire multidisciplinary conversations around urban themes.
About the School of Cities Learn more
An introduction to the School of Cities, a unique multidisciplinary hub for urban research, education, and engagement creating new and just ways for cities and their residents to thrive.
In Feb 2023: U of T and Tata Trusts launched India Centre for urban and climate research. School of Cities leads collaboration in research, public engagement, and training.