Thomas Jefferson University Research Magazine

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Building Better Cities



Contemporary cities are, simultaneously, economic powerhouses and wells of extreme poverty; catalysts of efficiency and prodigious consumers of energy; places with excellent health care and unhealthy air. To a significant degree, the future of human society depends on our ability to resolve these contradictions by making cities “smarter”— i.e., healthier and more efficient, sustainable, economically productive and equitable."

Jefferson is applying its deep expertise in architecture, design, planning, material science and public health to a growing, multifaceted program of research on how to create (and recreate) cities as society needs them to be. Here are snapshots of how three faculty members are working toward that goal.

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