The transformation of the U of T landscape continued this fall with the opening of several facilities that provide new venues for biomedical research, public health sciences and the arts. On the St. George campus, the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research officially opened on Nov. 3. The $105-million facility brings together researchers from medicine, pharmacy, applied science and engineering, and arts and science to collaborate on investigations into the causes of and cures for disease. Designed by architectsAlliance of Toronto and Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner of Germany, the building features 10 stories of open-concept laboratory and teaching spaces.
Across the road from the Terrence Donnelly Centre is the Health Sciences Building, a renovated office building that houses the Faculty of Nursing and the departments of Public Health Sciences and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.
The $20-million Arts and Administration Building at U of T at Scarborough, which officially opened on Oct. 7, is the new home of the visual and performing arts programs and contains music and fine art studios, classrooms and a 300-seat lecture theatre. The four-storey building, designed by Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc., also holds the registrar’s office, a Welcome Centre and offices for faculty and staff.
A U of T lab is working with actors, writers and directors on how they could harness AI and other emerging technologies to generate new ideas and – just maybe – reinvent theatre