Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG 8

Decent Work and Economic Growth 

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SDG 9

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 

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SDG 10

Reduced Inequalities 

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SDG 13

Climate Action

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Research

Urban Lab

Urban Lab

The Urban Lab works with community associations, town and city councils, neighbourhood committees, and other civic groups to address issues of common interest, and also takes on independent research to advance knowledge and practice related to urban design, planning and development.

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Center for Civilization

Center for Civilization

The Center for Civilization is a design research lab and international think tank working at the intersection of cities, society and civilization. Aspiring to redesign current paradigms and operating procedures of contemporary culture, the centre develops and executes sponsored design-research projects in collaboration with their partners and patrons.

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Green building
Green building

Teaching, learning and student experience

Integrated Infrastructure for Sustainble Cities Program

Integrated Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities Program

This research and training program in the Schulich School of Engineering, with support from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), provides engineering students multidisciplinary training in integrated infrastructure systems spanning transportation, building, water and waste, and energy systems to address the sustainability aspirations of our communities.

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Citizens + students collaboration for grassroots planning

Citizens + students collaboration for grassroots planning

One of the Master of Planning program’s priorities is to provide students with an academic experience that closely resembles professional practice. The Advanced Professional Planning Studio (EVDP644) is the capstone studio that fulfils this mandate. Through collaboration with community-based organizations, students engage with citizens in a comprehensive urban-planning project that addresses current and future challenges for growth and development.

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SDG 11 Publications
Mathison Hall

Campus and community impact

Campus

Campus

The 32,000-square-metre MacKimmie Complex is designed for zero-carbon performance and is certified under the Zero Carbon Building Standard. The retrofit of the MacKimmie Tower includes a double-skin façade that responds to changing weather and requires less energy to keep building occupants comfortable.The project met its goal to be one of Canada's most energy-efficient buildings. The new Mathison Hall project is also designed for zero-carbon performance.

Local

Local

The Calgary Institute for the Humanities encourages interdisciplinary conversations between scholars to study culture and strong community-building. The Institute explores cultural and social issues relating to community such as language, homelessness, history, religion and the arts.

International

International

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) launched its second international design ideas competition, asking: How can designers intervene in borders? The City Building Design Experiments and Exhibitions (CBDX): BORDERLANDS design competition brought political, geological, social and other boundaries into sharp focus.