Graduate Multidisciplinary Urban Project

Following the success of the MUCP (Multidisciplinary Urban Capstone Project) course for undergraduates, the School of Cities is offering a new project for graduate students who have a strong interest in and passion for city building and critical urban issues as they relate to the ‘Missing Middle’ of multiplexes and mid-sized developments. The GMUP (Graduate Multidisciplinary Urban Project) is for graduate students enrolled in a Masters or PhD program at the University of Toronto. Participants will work in teams consisting of graduate students drawn from different departments, faculties, and campuses.

About half of Toronto and much of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) consists of a “yellowbelt” of single-family detached homes protected by restrictive zoning rules. With three million new residents projected for 2046, and a housing affordability crisis already in full swing, the region faces a pivotal decision point: can the GTA’s municipalities open up their neighbourhoods in a way that is equitable and sustainable but also politically and economically viable? Urban designers have advocated infill development in the form of a “missing middle” of multiplexes and mid-size apartments, but the municipalities have been slow to adopt and implement these ideas.

Information for Students:

Multidisciplinary student teams will work with one of five cities chosen within the GTHA and engage in a research project as it applies to the issue of the ‘Missing Middle’. The final project for each team will be an implementation manual for their city, focusing on key issues in each municipality. Projects will be presented at the end of the term with fellow students, supervisors and clients present. Each week, classes will consist of guest speakers and intensive group work sessions. Current participating faculties and departments are: Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering; John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design; Department of Geography and Planning; Joseph L. Rotman School of Management; Faculty of Information; Institute for Management and Innovation. We welcome students from other departments and faculties to apply as well.

There may be an opportunity for students to procure an internship following their research project to gain a deeper understanding of the issues and practical work experience.  

Course outline available PDF iconImplementing the Missing Middle course outline.pdf.

NOTE: REVISED DEADLINE to apply is November 22, 2021.



  1. Can I choose which municipality I will work with?
    We will consider student preferences as we constitute multidisciplinary teams for each city.

  2. Is it compulsory to attend the class?
    You are expected to attend the Friday class and work session each week.

  3. When does the project start and how long does it run?
    It begins in January 2022 and the draft final reports are due at the end of March 2022. There will be a final presentation in early April 2022, to present the research project with your team.

  4. Do I have to register for this class via JPG215OH in Geography & Planning? 
Please check with your department about the best way to register. Some departments may prefer that you register via an independent studies class in your own department.


Applications for the Graduate Multidisciplinary Urban Project 2021-22 have closed.