The Capital Urbanism Lab

The Capital Urbanism Lab is an innovative space where Canadians and leaders in urbanism, design, heritage and conservation, sustainability, and placemaking get together to inspire the future of Canada’s Capital Region.

Our popular Capital Urbanism Lab Lecture Series is back for its third season. Join us monthly for a creative forum where leaders, experts and the public can share knowledge and ideas about how to build a great capital.

This season will run between September 2016 and June 2017. 


There are two ways to participate in our Labs:

  • Attend the event in person at the NCC headquarters
  • Watch the events on our YouTube channel

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Introducing the 2016-2017 season

September 20, 2016
Capital Building: A View From Washington
What issues do capital cities share? Join us on September 20 to hear from the National Capital Planning Commission on the unique capital building opportunities and initiatives in Washington, D.C.

October 24, 2016
En Route to a Smart City
Our cities are at a crossroads. Elon Musk and other thought leaders are telling us that self-driving automated cars will be on the streets by 2020. How will our cities adapt to a driverless future?

November 15, 2016
“Growing” Trends in Urban Spaces
Where does your food come from? Our November event in the Capital Urbanism Lab will focus on the food that is grown and consumed within and around cities, and the regional capacity to meet local food needs.

December 7, 2016
The Benefit$ of Natural Capital
There are many benefits to protecting our natural green spaces. Join us in December to hear about the economic benefits of the Greenbelt, Gatineau Park and other natural spaces.

January 23, 2017
Building Momentum With Design Excellence
In January, we’re teaming up with Carleton University’s School of Architecture Lecture Series to explore concrete examples of design excellence and the multiple benefits that good design can bring to communities.

February 16, 2017
Heritage: A Driver of Sustainability
The physical heritage of Canada’s Capital Region is a visible record of the Canadian story. Learn about the link between heritage preservation and sustainability, and the NCC’s new heritage planning framework at our February event.

March 9, 2017
Parks Planning Inside and Out
In March, we explore parks planning, inside and out. How does planning impact local communities and vice versa?

April 6, 2017
Youth Engagement in City Building
As we plan for the future of our capital, we must not forget about the generations who will be turning these plans into reality. In April, we will get a glimpse at how organizations are engaging youth in city building.

May 9, 2017
Canada’s Capital in 2067
Drum roll, please… in May, we will introduce our shared vision for the Capital over the next 50 years. What will the region look like in 2067?

June 21, 2017
A Celebration of National Aboriginal Day
Join us for our June event, dedicated to celebrating National Aboriginal Day.

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Past Meetings