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The Inter-university Urban Conference

Montreal, QC • 15 – 17 March, 2017

RAPS is pleased to partner with CIU-IUC for the inaugural conference to showcase work and foster dialogue between professionals and up-and-coming urban leaders in Canada. Undergraduate students are invited to submit posters by Jan 15 for the conference. Details are available in the Call for Papers here.


Call for Papers (Poster)   CIU-IUC Website


Nomination Period: 10 March at 12:00am – 24 March 2017 at 4:00pm EST

Election Period: 27 March at 12:00am – 31 March 2017 at 4:00pm EST

Nominations are open for the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President Administrative Affairs
  • Vice President Finance
  • Vice President Ethics
  • Vice President Social Affairs
  • Communications Chair
  • Fourth Year Representative
  • Third Year Representative
  • Second Year Representative

First Year and PLAB/D representative positions are subject to by-election in September.

Complete a Nomination

WRUPC 2016 Agenda

12400970_1662107720728607_140785866693275464_nWRUPC is upon us! Please find the agenda for the Waterloo-Ryerson Undergraduate Planning Conference in .pdf here: WRUPC AGENDA.

We look forward to a weekend of stimulating discussions with you in person and on Twitter through the #WRUPC hashtag.

To Watch: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

This highly influential film in architecture and planning circles by William H. Whyte analyzes the success and failures of urban spaces. Observing the natural order of spaces and the way people move through them, Whyte provides an intuitive critique of urban spaces and ways these spaces can be improved.

(Source: Luke Keller, IMDB)

RAPS Election Results: A Message From Your Presidents

RAPS is happy to announce the results of our Fall By-Election! Big thanks go out to everyone who ran, and congratulations to our new RAPS Council members!

The winners are:

VP Social Affairs
Santiago Acevedo-Martinez

PLAB/PLAD Class Ambassador
Champa Maduranayagam

First Year Class Ambassador
Kat Northern Lights Man

OPPI Junior Representative
Tetyana Bailey

Here’s to a great year!


Jordan McLeod and Nikolas Koschany
Co-Presidents, Ryerson Association of Planning Students 2015-2016

TO WATCH: “The Human Scale”

The human scale questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our equations.
For 40 years the Danish architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behavior in cities. His starting point was an interest in people, more than buildings – in what he called Life Between Buildings. What made it exist? When was it destroyed? How could it be brought back? This lead to studies of how human beings use the streets, how they walk, see, rest, meet, interact etc. Jan Gehl also uses statistics, but the questions he asks are different. For instance: How many people pass this street throughout a 24 hour period? How many percent of those are pedestrians? How many are driving cars or bikes? How much of the street space are the various groups allowed to use? Is this street performing well for all its users?
Jan Gehl made his first studies in Italy and later he inspired the planning of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, for 40 years. His ideas inspired the creation of walking streets, the building and improvements of bike paths and the reorganization of parks, squares and other public spaces throughout this city and in many other cities in the Nordic region. Around the world cities like Melbourne, Dhaka, New York, Chongqing and Christchurch are now also being inspired by Gehl’s work and by the developments in Copenhagen.”
(Source:, 2015.)

RAPS Orientation

The RAPS Planning Orientation for first year students will take place on September 2nd from 10am to 1:30pm, meeting in the South Bond Building. The RAPS orientation is a great way to get to know the people studying planning at Ryerson, as well as to explore campus and the surrounding area of Downtown Toronto.

This year we will be continuing the tradition of the Amazing Planning Race. Students will be instructed to travel on foot around and near the Ryerson campus, taking photographs and gathering objects worth points. The team with the most points will win a prize, and lunch will be provided to all!