Together, we will enable smart and secure cities, societies and cultures
The rapid pace of change in the world presents new challenges to our ability to adapt.
Increasing population size and density have an impact on housing, food supply, transportation, education and health. In turn, increasing diversity will influence cultural norms, notions of community and ideas of citizenship.
We are meeting these challenges with energetic research to create solutions.
The strategic research theme Human Dynamics in a Changing World encompasses how humans adapt to acclerated change. Cities that are smart, safe and secure, and possess a vibrant culture, will prosper and grow because they attract diverse populations looking for desirable places to live and work.
Our scholars recognize and contribute to the vitality of national and urban cultures.
We turn smart cities into livable spaces. We analyze the multiple dimensions of poverty, urban growth and sustainable resource use. Together, we will forge solutions to new problems.
Research outcomes to benefit society
Fuel transformational change
Seeking housing solutions for the aging population
It’s estimated that by 2030 one in four Canadians will be over the age of 65. The growing seniors’ population will account for 80 per cent of housing demand in Canada.
Experts believe Canada’s house-building industry is underprepared. The aging homebuyer presents urgent challenges.
The Faculty of Environmental Design has teamed with the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute for Public Health to design and test a series of aging-in-place laneway house prototypes – that they hope will ultimately be brought to market.
Developing a new type of home for seniors
A University of Calgary team is spearheading development of a new kind of home to meet the demands of the aging homebuyer – and the families that support them.
The first prototype is an impressive 400-square-foot home, which was built inside the Faculty of Environmental Design over 12 weeks by a team of 10 students.
A second prototype is based on feedback from realtors, health care professionals, homebuilders and seniors, says Professor John Brown, Associate Dean of the Faculty. A third prototype is slated for fall 2016.