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THE URBAN LAB, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary is a research group dealing with urban design, community planning, and urban development issues. Established in 2000, the Urban Lab is an ongoing experiment in education, research and outreach, and is an example of university - community collaboration involving faculty, students and the public.

The Urban Lab conducts applied and pure research on a variety of topics, including:

  • urban design at various scales
  • urban morphology
  • neighbourhood planning and design
  • small town planning
  • regional open space planning
  • health and the built environment, with a particular focus on walkability
  • other relevant urban design and development topics

The Urban Lab works with community associations, town and city councils, neighbourhood committees and other civic groups to address issues of common interest, and also takes on independent research to advance knowledge and practice related to urban design, planning and development.

We strive to understand the places in which we live, and to find ways to develop urban form that is ecologically and economically sustainable, and that is appropriate in our contemporary cultural context. The search for a regional expression of civic and architectural design is a major underpinning of our work. Our approach always begins with a detailed analysis of the context of the project, where we try to understand the historical, environmental, cultural and political influences and processes.

We attempt to integrate our research projects and findings into urban design education. We also try to play a role in the evolution of the city’s urban form and urban quality.

All work is directed by faculty members with professional experience and credentials, and completed by teams of faculty and graduate research assistants who are hired as interns. This provides part-time/full-time employment and professional experience, and gives students the opportunity to contribute to the body of knowledge that makes up the evolving discipline of urban design. During the first 10 years of the Urban Lab, more than 40 graduate students have held research assistantships, 3 EVDS alumni have been research associates, 9 projects have received local, national or international awards, and 4 books and numerous articles have been published.

Dr. Beverly A. Sandalack

MLandArch . PhD . FCSLA . MCIP . RPP

Professor and Co-Director

sandalack@ucalgary.ca

Tel . 403 220 4517

 

Francisco Alaniz Uribe

BScArch . MPDU . MEDes - Urban Design. MCIP . RPP

Assistant Professor and Co-Director

falanizu@ucalgary.ca

Tel . 403 220 7527

 

The Urban Lab

PF3201, University of Calgary

2500 University Dr. NW

Calgary, Alberta

Canada

T2N 1N4