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Toronto to Build World’s First Fully Digitally-Enabled Building and Then Tear it Down

Ryerson University wants to build the first 100 per cent, digitally-enabled building in the world, only to tear it down in the years to come.

Detailed back in March in a funding announcement, the Ryerson University Smart Campus Integration and Testing Hub (SCIT Hub) would “enable the exploration and testing of ‘smart building’ products and management strategies” that could help in offsetting climate change.

A new application submitted with the city is offering up new details of the SCIT Hub, part of a complex Ryerson is planning at 136 Dundas Street East, on the northwest corner of Dundas and Mutual Street. The site has been mostly vacant for years, currently home to a temporary research trailer and a concrete pad used for an earlier Ryerson research project.

The trailer would stay and be joined by two new temporary buildings: A two-storey mass timber structure would wrap around the southeast corner of the site in an L-shape, to be used for the SCIT Hub, and a separate three-storey research building would rise to the west.

Designed by WZMH Architects, the SCIT Hub will include a laboratory — including a smart home mock-up, workshops, and test areas — looking at forward-thinking technologies, with studies led by Ryerson architectural science professor Jenn McArthur.

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