Cities

Urban grime discovery from University of Toronto captures world's attention

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Chemistry's James Donaldson reveals that sunlight releases pollutants back into the atmosphere
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Much to his surprise, University of Toronto chemistry professor James Donaldson found himself a media star this month, thanks to urban grime.

Donaldson has been studying urban grime for over a decade. He recently presented research at the annual convention of the American Chemical Society detailing how sunlight triggers the release of smog-forming nitrogen oxide compounds from the dirt that builds up on buildings and statues in cities.

Previously it had been thought that these compounds remained “trapped” in the grime. 

Maker Festival – brought to you by the University of Toronto

Author: 
Sarah Khan & Brianna Goldberg

Creative displays, innovative projects and interactive workshops from people like Professor David Johns ignited the imaginations of children and adults alike recently at Maker Festival, the largest maker event in Canadian history – sponsored by the University of Toronto.

Improving the walking – and learning – environment at U of T's downtown campus

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How open spaces, pedestrian-friendly streets can enhance a “beautiful and important space” in the City of Toronto
Author: 
Arthur Kaptainis

An end to parking on King’s College Circle? Pedestrians only on Devonshire Place?

These and other dramatic improvements to the St. George campus are among the options being studied for inclusion in a new strategic document that will be submitted to the city in fall 2015.

Wildfires: U of T expert explains why they're raging in Western Canada and the impact on cities

Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Wildfires are burning throughout Western Canada this summer, causing the evacuation of communities, the straining of firefighting resources and even the death of one firefighter. 

Even large cities such as Vancouver, Edmonton and Saskatoon have been affected – and the story is making headlines around the world. (Read the Guardian's article.) 

U of T Houses: welcoming the Americas to the University

Author: 
Jillian Flake

As the seconds tick down to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and athletes prepare to compete at sporting venues across the University of Toronto, U of T Houses are ready to welcome visitors from here at home and around the world.

Meet the artists and urban studies students making the Pan Am Path beautiful

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Students, alumna use creativity, problem-solving skills to bring path to life
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Who owns a city bridge? Who has final say over an art installation? The answers can be complicated.

Thanks to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, University of Toronto students working on high-profile urban beautification projects are learning what it takes to tackle city issues – and how to navigate the dizzying world of red tape. 

Torchbearers from U of T light the path to the Pan Am Games

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Students, staff, faculty and alumni are among those carrying the Pan Am flame
Author: 
Krisha Ravikantharaja

A journey of 20,000 km began when the University of Toronto’s Rosie MacLennan  took a single step, Pan Am torch in hand. 

MacLennan, a gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics, was the first official bearer of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games torch relay but dozens of U of T students, faculty, alumni and staff have followed her example.

Urban advisers to forge stronger links between U of T and city, expand opportunities for students

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Sharing research expertise, increasing collaborations and partnerships on city issues
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

The University of Toronto, home to some of the world's leading experts on city building, is appointing two new urban affairs advisers to President Meric Gertler: Shauna Brail and John Brodhead.

How U of T researchers helped shape HIGHRISE, the NFB's interactive documentary

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New research from Deb Cowen, Emily Paradis developed in parallel with NFB doc
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

In Toronto’s Rexdale neighbourhood, an Iraqi refugee spends her day online, talking to her fiancé in a Syrian refugee camp and displaced family members scattered around the world.  

In Seoul, South Korea, a team of teenaged professional video gamers live, work and train together in a highrise compound.

In Mumbai, activists use Facebook and Twitter to build a social movement, protesting the government’s demolition of suburban apartment buildings.

Building healthier cities and communities, one collaboration at a time

Author: 
Nicole Bodnar

They are projects aimed at fostering a sense of community for people in apartment towers, making it safer for kids to bike and walk to school in rush hour – and helping homeless people deal with extreme temperatures while living on the city streets.  

On May 29, those initiatives got a boost from U of T’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Wellesley Institute and Toronto Public Health through a collaboration called the Healthier Cities & Communities Hub.

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