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The Carleton Urban Research Lab (c-url) at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism supports design-based thinking and collaborative projects centred on the entwined issues of water, cities, and equity.

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Contact

AA514B and AA510, 5th Floor
Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism,
Carleton University

contact@c-url.ca

 

Carleton University

Historically architecture, whether at the scale of the room or the city, is based on understanding and imagining environmental conditions and technical interventions in terms that are simultaneously social, political, cultural, and artistic. New challenges around globalization, urbanization, environmental change, infrastructure, mass migration, and energy use increase the need for this type of thinking, which equally values human factors alongside quantifiable data.

The Carleton Urban Research Lab was founded by Professors Ozayr Saloojee and Catherine Bonier in January of 2017, with the support of Azrieli School Director Jill Stoner. C-URL promotes design thinking — seeking ways to expand research, teaching, and engagement around the Lab’s three central themes — water, cities, and equity. Professors Saloojee and Bonier build upon their own expertise in the areas of architecture and urbanism to establish ongoing transdisciplinary collaborations with university, government, and private entities within Canada as well as internationally.

C-url hosted its inaugural symposium and workshop, Fluid Infrastructures, on March 3-4, 2017. With assistance from partners in the National Capital Commission and the help of visiting designers and researchers, students investigated Ottawa’s past and present relationship to its river through tours, lectures, discussions, and design workshops. In July of 2018, the second c-url symposium, Working Waterfronts // Freshwater Fictions, brought together international students and experts to envision urban waterfront redevelopment around the issues of infrastructure, environment, and equity.

Research Fellows

Charles-Étienne Déry | Research Fellow

2018 – Current

Charles-Étienne Déry is an undergraduate 4th year student in the urbanism concentration. He has assisted with the Summer Cities event and continues research & project support.

Fiki Falola | Research Fellow

2019 – Current

Fiki Falola completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto in Architecture Studies (history and theory concentration) alongside Philosophy. She is currently in the Azrieli School’s M.Arch. program and provides research support.

Felix Mayer | Research Fellow

2019 – Current

Felix Mayer completed his B.EDS degree with a major in the architectural cooperative program in 2017 at Dalhousie University. He is currently in the M.ARCH I program and provides research and administrative support.

Madelaine Snelgrove | Research Fellow

2019 – Current

Madelaine Snelgrove is an undergraduate 4th year student in the Urbanism concentration, with previous education at Selkirk College in British Columbia. She provides research and administrative support.

R. Ian Dayagbil | Research Coordinator

2018 – 2019

Romano Ian Dayagbil finished his B.AS in 2018 with a concentration in Urbanism. He has helped coordinate the 2018 Summer Cities symposium and provides educational and research support.

Andrea Tamayo Bernal | Research Fellow

2017 – 2018

Andrea Tamayo Bernal is an undergraduate 4th year student in the urbanism concentration. She has assisted with the Shifting Frames and the Fluid Infrastructures event.

Viktor Ivanovic | Research Fellow

2018 – 2019

Viktor Ivanovic is an undergraduate 4th year student in the urbanism concentration. He has assisted with Summer Cities Symposium 2018 and provides support through the year.

Co-Directors

Katie

Catherine Bonier | Assistant Professor

Catherine Bonier teaches courses in architectural and urban design, research, history, and theory. Her research spans from historical analysis to futuristic visions, and centers on the shaping of the built environment around water, technology, and ideas of health and balance. Bonier earned both her professional MArch and her PhD in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in History from Harvard College. Her dissertation addressed historical ideas of equilibrium and democracy and their relationship to urban water, infrastructure, and environment.

Professor Bonier’s current work centers on design’s role in fostering the intertwined desires for resistance, resilience, and delight, both in creative visualizations and in contemporary urban projects. She is co-director and co-founder of the Carleton Urban Research Lab (c-url) with Professor Ozayr Saloojee. C-URL is engaged in collaborative interdisciplinary research, teaching, and design centered on 3 themes — water, cities, and equity.

Ozayr Saloojee | Associate Professor

Professor Saloojee previously taught at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design, where he was Associate Professor of Architecture with affiliate faculty status in Landscape Architecture and Religious Studies. Before moving to Minnesota in 2005, he studied, taught and practiced architecture here in Ottawa, receiving his B.Arch and Post-professional M.Arch (Theory and Culture) from Carleton University. He completed his PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture under the supervision of Dr. J. K. Birksted and Dr. I. Borden.

Professor Saloojee teaches courses in architectural design, urbanism and history that focus around themes of infrastructure, post-coloniality, and alternative urban futures. His research and academic interests include work on politically contested terrains, resiliency and adaptive infrastructures and landscapes through the intersection of architecture, landscape and cultural geographies. He continues to work in partnership with colleagues at the University of Minnesota and remains involved in a number of interdisciplinary, multi-partner collaborations, including the Great Lakes Design Lab (directed by Professor Karen Lutsky). Here in Ottawa, he partners with Professor Catherine Bonier on our newly established Carleton Urban Research Lab (C-URL) at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism.

Research Partners

Karen Lutsky | Great Lakes Design Lab

A regional network of designers, researchers, and students working and supporting each other by-way of critical engagement and collaboration throughout the Great Lakes Basin

Jamie Vanucchi | Great Lakes Design Lab

A regional network of designers, researchers, and students working and supporting each other by-way of critical engagement and collaboration throughout the Great Lakes Basin

Smitha Mysore | SJB School of Architecture and Planning

SJB School of Architecture and Planning aspires to provide a pro- poor, pro- rural focus to a profession that is otherwise perceived to be elitist and urban.

William Gagnon | Ecology North, Yellowknife

Ecology North was founded in 1971 by a group of dedicated volunteers in response to arsenic pollution in Yellowknife. Since then our mandate has expanded considerably with projects tackling issues like climate change, waste reduction, water quality and food sovereignty.