City Building

The phrase ‘City Building’ has come into common usage in recent years. The term implies that the ‘building’ is positive, that things get better as the building takes place and cities and communities grow. The real estate sector plays an indispensable role in the business of ‘city and community building’ creating much of the built form. And there are multiple other players across disciplines playing significant roles. For each player the process of city and community building may mean something totally different but for most the vision is the same - to create more vibrant, healthy, sustainable, livable, inclusive cities and communities each with a strong economic base. We need to further encourage and facilitate collaboration within and among academia, business, government, and NGOs around this goal. This will ensure our cities and communities can gain from social and technological innovation, big data and connectivity while at the same time preserving transparency, privacy and accountability.

At the University of Alberta, there are numerous entities that focus on some component of city and community building. 


City Building at the University of Alberta

Centre for Cities and Communities 

The CCC is a catalyst and partner ensuring that Alberta is at the forefront of city-building innovation within Canada and around the globe.

Centre for Smart Transportation

The Centre for Smart Transportation (CST) works to be a world-class transportation research, education, training and service group.

City Region Studies Centre

(CRSC) is an innovative research and community engagement centre dedicated to sparking meaningful conversation and action in city-region planning, community development, governance and placemaking. 

Hole School of Construction Engineering

The HSCE's research and graduate education programs are a consequence of a development of strong industrial research partnerships focused on advancing research, student education, and overall practice. 

Business Analytics

The Business Analytics stream covers data analysis and decision making, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics.

Division of Preventive Medicine

The Division of Preventive Medicine is devoted to the prevention of disease and injury in the community and workplace.

Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

The University of Alberta's Centre for Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise is a global leader in the study of family firms. 

Nasseri School of Building Science and Engineering

The Nasseri School of Building Science and Engineering fosters research and education in building and construction sciences. 

Alberta School of Retailing

The University of Alberta School of Retailing aims to showcase and advocate excellence in retail careers and academic research.

Sustainability Council

The Sustainability Council is an academic leadership unit that works with all faculties to spark learning, discovery and citizenship for sustainability.

School of Urban and Regional Planning

The School of Urban and Regional Planning encompasses all levels of education where students learn about urban and regional planning in the real world with established professionals in the field.

School of Public Health

The School of Public Health integrates the strengths of faculty, staff, adjuncts and instructors involved in research, graduate education and various initiatives to engage communities.

PLACE Research Lab

The purpose of PLACE Research Lab is to systematically investigate relationships between people-policy-place by developing, evaluating and mobilizing evidence about population health interventions and other strategies that promote lifelong health and chronic disease prevention.

Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

One of Canada’s three centres of AI excellence as part of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy we're an Alberta-based non-profit institute that supports world-leading research in artificial intelligence and machine learning and translates scientific advancement into industry adoption.

Affordable Housing Solutions Lab

The Affordable Housing Solutions Lab (AHSL) empowers citizens to innovate, co-create and develop effective local affordable housing solutions.

Future Energy Systems

Future Energy Systems funds researchers working in multidisciplinary teams to develop new energy technologies and facilitate their introduction into our current energy system.

Alberta Land Institute

The Alberta Land Institute (ALI) is an independent research institute founded at the University of Alberta. We promote research to inform public debate and decision-making in the province.

Housing for Health 

The Housing for Health project focuses on the connection between “housing” and the neighborhoods in which housing occur.


We’re a dedicated scientific community, committed to "solving intelligence" and ensuring our technology is used for widespread public benefit.


Bringing together interdisciplinary researchers and partners to innovate in artificial intelligence research and teaching, for the public good.

Centre for Healthy Communities

The Centre for Healthy Communities works with our partners to address complex issues that impact community health, well-being and sustainability.