Integrated Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities

CREATE – IISC (Integrated Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities) is a training and research program based out of the University of Calgary, Canada.

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The CREATE – IISC program is primarily funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council – Collaborative Research and Training Experience (NSERC-CREATE) Program funding envelope.

Our key objective is to train students to consider the impact of disruptive forces and transformative technologies on urban infrastructure systems.

We collaborate with Canadian and international universities, federal and provincial authorities, municipalities, and industry stakeholders. These parties offer direction and advice regarding the types of research conducted under the umbrella of IISC, to bridge the gap between university research and real-world needs.

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It is important to understand the integration between various infrastructure systems by considering various inputs, nodes of interaction, transformations, and outputs, rather than evaluating each infrastructure in isolation without considering the interactions among them.


CREATE – IISC is a unique program that provides multidisciplinary training in integrated infrastructure systems spanning transportation, building, water, and waste and energy systems, especially as they pertain to the introduction of disruptive technologies.


Sustainability indicates a balanced approach between project development and implementation by efficiently utilizing the available natural resources to meet the economic, environmental, and societal needs of the community. 

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Meet the team

Our multi-disciplinary team is comprised of academics and students from the University of Calgary (UofC) Schulich School of Engineering (SSE), School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL), Haskayne School of Business (HSB), and Faculty of Science (FS). The team also includes academics and students from University of British Columbia (UBC), University of Victoria (UVic), and University of Waterloo (UofW). Our key partnerships include the City of Calgary, Alberta Transportation, CUTRIC, Stantec, and other industry partners.

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