Two researchers share their expertise for building better cities for humanity

By Darren McAlmont

University Relations

With the rising cost of housing, aging infrastructure, climate change and disruptive technology at the forefront of urban planning, cities require data-driven tools and expertise to prosper today, and into the future.

To address this challenge, the University of Waterloo recently announced the launch of the Future Cities Institute founded by CAIVAN (FCI), thanks to a transformational gift of $10 million from Waterloo alumni Frank Cairo (BES ’05) and Troy van Haastrecht (BASc ’93), co-founders of one of Canada’s leading real estate developers, Caivan.

The FCI will connect researchers across the University to develop plans and data-driven applied toolkits for building resilient future cities, and train future leaders.

To build better cities, we need to make decisions that align with the realities that cities will face in the future, and for this, leveraging data to determine optimal solutions is crucially important.

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