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CIMS - Carleton Immersive Media Studios

Director of CIMS:  Stephen Fai

Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) is a Carleton University research centre dedicated to the advanced study of innovative, hybrid forms of representation that can both reveal the invisible measures of architecture and animate the visible world of construction.  As part of the Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture, we are committed to exploring and developing innovative symbiotic relationships between the digital and fabricated 2D and 3D modes of representation.  Our mandate includes the advancement and development of the tools, processes and techniques involved in the transformation of data into tangible and meaningful artifacts that impact the way we see, think, and work  in the world.

CIMS was established as an Organized Research Unit, within the Azrieli School of Architecture and the Faculty of Engineering at Carleton University, through a “New Opportunities” Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant awarded in 2002.

C-SALT: Carleton Solids and Tectonics Laboratory

Director of C-SALT:  Sheryl Boyle

The C-SALT laboratory at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism is focused on the study of materiality in architecture. The goal of this research lab is to effect and contribute to the understanding, application and invention of the material nature of architecture, construction and design. Of particular interest in the lab are the secondary properties of materials, the combination of organic and inorganic materials and the reassessment of traditional materials and methods within the context of our contemporary condition. The Facility is located in the Architecture Building.

Carleton Urban Research Lab

The Directors of the Carleton Urban Research Lab are: Catherine Bonier and Ozayr Saloojee

The Carleton Urban Research Lab (c-url) at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism supports design-based thinking and collaborative projects centered on the entwined issues of water, cities, and equity. 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 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, to promote this type of design thinking, and to expand research, teaching, and engagement connected to the Lab’s three central themes. They look forward to building 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. The next c-url symposium in Summer of 2018 will bring together international students and experts to envision urban waterfront redevelopment around the issues of infrastructure, environment, and equity.