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Research Centres and Labs

Current research centres and labs

Cities and Environment Unit

The Cities and Environment Unit (CEU) is dedicated to community planning and applied research. It helps urban and rural communities develop physical, social and economic strategies to respond to their challenges and act on their opportunities. While the CEU’s research is applied and specific to local contexts, it is informed by a global perspective. Projects include community plans for economic development, housing, environment, health, education, culture, governance and settlement patterns; and the generation of new knowledge, approaches and tools for community design. A research institute in the Faculty since 1993, the CEU links planning education to practice, directly involving Dalhousie students through work terms, internships, and supervision of research projects.

Unit leader: Prof. Frank Palermo, School of Planning

Coastal Studio

The Coastal Studio is an innovative program of education, training and community development focused on design-build activities, rural entrepreneurship, and knowledge mobilization and transfer to local communities. It has become an invaluable component of the architecture program, integrating social science research with design teaching and providing Dalhousie students with an exceptional opportunity to be involved in design-build research and practice with communities across the Maritime Provinces, working with national and international partners. Established 2008, the Coastal Studio is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, ACOA, the Province of Nova Scotia, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and industrial and community partners.

Unit leader: Dr. Ted Cavanagh, School of Architecture

DalTRAC

The Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) is a multidisciplinary transportation research unit dedicated to transportation studies, planning and policy analysis. It conducts state-of-the-art transportation modeling, employing remote data capture of transportation activity, and advanced software to interpret and predict demand. Established in 2011, it is sponsored by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Province of Nova Scotia, and Halifax Regional Municipality.

Unit leader: Dr. Ahsan Habib, School of Planning

Earlier research centres and labs

@Lab (2007-2011)

The ArchiTextile Laboratory (@Lab) focuses on the integration of electronics in textiles for architectural applications. An interuniversity, interdisciplinary collaboration, the @Lab brings together specialists from computer science, mechanical engineering, architecture, and textiles to collaborate in developing responsive environments, using ‘smart textiles’ that respond with light, movement or temperature to electrical and other stimuli. Projects combine old and new technologies, integrating traditional craft practices with digital modeling and fabrication techniques, creating products that can be manufactured locally. It is supported by the Atlantic Innovation Fund and other granting agencies.

Unit leader: Dr. Sarah Bonnemaison, School of Architecture and Prof. Robin Muller, NSCAD University