Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre to Host Mass Exodus 2016

Over the past year, the SLC Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team has measured the success of the SLC on our ability to quickly respond to students’ needs.

We strive to provide exceptional experiences for students and the community, and we do this by testing assumptions. This year, we will stretch the current assumption on how to maximize and use space in the SLC.

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inhabitat: Iridescent hand-folded metal panels clad Snøhetta’s Learning Center at Toronto’s Ryerson University

“Snøhetta and Zeidler Partnership Architects just completed a metal-clad Student Learning Center (SLC) at Ryerson University in Toronto that provides eight unique floors inspired by different themes found in nature. The project aims to empower students and provide myriad informal spaces where they can interact and learn.”

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Monocle: Room to Learn

Image: Younes Bounhar and Amanda Large
Image: Younes Bounhar and Amanda Large

“Ryerson University’s new student-learning centre in downtown Toronto is now complete. Designed by Oslo-based firm Snohetta that worked with Zeidler Partnership Architects, the building was inspired by the gathering spaces of ancient Greece, where socialising and learning went hand in hand. The gleaming eight-storey centre will provide students with study areas, seminar rooms, lounges and cafés. Perhaps more importantly, the new building solidifies Ryerson’s presence in Toronto. Though the university was established in 1948 and is now one of the country’s better-known institutions, most of its departments were previously tucked away in other buildings or down side streets. Now the heart of the university can be found right in the heart of the city.”

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WAN: Snøhetta completes Learning Centre for Ryerson University

Snøhetta and Zeidler Partnership Architects
Snøhetta and Zeidler Partnership Architects

“Snøhetta and Zeidler Partnership Architects have designed a new Student Learning Centre (SLC) for Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

Inspired by the historical gathering spaces of the Stoas and Agoras in ancient Greece where learning was inherently social, the lively SLC gives students eight uniquely-designed floors of generous space to meet, study, and exchange ideas. Conceived as a library without books, the design develops natural conditions for groups of people to interact while also offering areas for controlled and introspective study. Most importantly, it encourages students to make the space their own. The SLC is a library built for the digital age that encourages students to interact with their physical environment. Since its opening, the new campus landmark has become a popular hub filled with student activity from 7am to 1am each day.”

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Architect Magazine: Ryerson University Student Learning Center

SLC Photo by Marc Mitanis
Photo by Marc Mitanis

“With the fall semester in full swing, Ryerson University students are making good use of the newest building on campus: the Student Learning Center (SLC), designed by Snøhetta and Zeidler Partnership Architects. Inspired by the historical gathering spaces of the Stoas and Agoras in ancient Greece where learning was inherently social, the lively SLC gives students eight uniquely-designed floors of generous space to meet, study, and exchange ideas. Conceived as a library without books, the design develops natural conditions for groups of people to interact while also offering areas for controlled and introspective study. Most importantly, it encourages students to make the space their own. The SLC is a library built for the digital age that encourages students to interact with their physical environment. Since its opening, the new campus landmark has become a popular hub filled with student activity from 7 AM to 1 AM each day.”

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The Globe and Mail: Toronto’s Yonge Street evolving from sleazy ‘strip’ into a global landmark

“Since Upper Canada’s lieutenant-governor John Graves Simcoe built the first part of Yonge Street as a military access route in case of an American invasion, Toronto’s most famous roadway has gone through several phases: as a way in and out of the city for traders, farmers and stagecoach passengers; as Toronto’s main shopping street, crammed with horse-drawn carriages and trolleys; as a music mecca where people came to buy records or visit smoky clubs; as the sleazy “strip” of massage parlours and head shops.”

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Shop the SLC: A Holiday Market

Shop at the SLC, Holiday MarketLooking for the perfect gift? Peruse 40+ Ryerson vendors just in time for the holidays.

From November 30th to December 4th, the SLC is hosting a holiday marketplace showcasing over 40 Ryerson community vendors in our bustling Amphitheatre space. Each day from 10am to 4pm will feature different themed vendors of food, fashion, handmade items, Ryerson faculty society merchandise and so much more!

In addition to supporting these vendors, you can also donate a non-perishable food item to the Ryerson Good Food Room.

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After Hours Study Space

Looking for somewhere to study after 1 AM? The Podium Building (POD) offers five floors of accessible study space available to Ryerson students.

Your OneCard is programmed to grant you access to the 350 Victoria Street entrance of the LIB connected to the POD 24/7. If you have any issues accessing the building, call Ryerson Security at 416-979-5040 or use the buzzer panel located at the entrance of the Library building.
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RU Sustainability: The SLC Series: Programmable Blinds

SLC Programmable blinds
Photo by: Sammy Tangir

“This November is host to a new series exploring the sustainable features of the newest member of Ryerson’s family of buildings: the Student Learning Centre (SLC). This month will feature the SLC’s energy-saving programmable blinds, windows and panelling.

The programmable blinds at the SLC work in sync with the lights on each floor. Due to the location of the SLC, there is only a need for blinds on the south-west side of the building.  These blinds move with the rising and setting of the sun to optimize the amount of natural light in the building and reduce the amount of energy used on artificial light. The blinds move up and down using a program called Lutron, which is preprogrammed for the entire year’s sun movements based on the location of the building.”

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