Institute for Smart & Healthy Cities

Transforming Urban Environments

Jefferson’s Institute for Smart and Healthy Cities was created to support the research, innovation and education that is happening across the university focusing on transforming urban environments into smart and healthy cities. The institute is conceived as an aggregator and facilitator of transdisciplinary research and education across multiple disciplines driving the future of our cities and communities. Supported by data and smart technologies, Smart Cities is an emerging paradigm in the development of urban environments in an attempt to build more efficient, healthier and livable cities.

We’re changing the way we live, work, travel and learn for a healthier future.

  • Understanding the entire city as a system and solving tomorrow’s most pressing problems: urbanization, public health, energy and transportation
  • Making a direct impact at the community and city scale by researching the intersection of environmental conditions, housing, workplace, transit, public infrastructure and health
  • Finding opportunities to further link the institute to our increasingly connected clinical systems
  • Partnering with technology incubators to provide students access and support through the co-invention process

The Institute for Smart and Healthy Cities is a collaborative effort between the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, College of Population Health, and the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce.


Venice Biennale 2023

Venice Exhibit 2023: Cities under Climate Threat: Venice – Philadelphia

In a joint effort, students from Thomas Jefferson University and Università Iuav di Venezia showcase their projects at the Palazzo Badoer in Venice during the Venice Biennale 2023.

  • Opening on 18th May, 4:00 PM onwards
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Upcoming Event: Oct. 20-21, 2022

International Smart & Healthy Cities Symposium

Jefferson’s annual International Smart & Healthy Cities Symposium offers a platform for industry experts — academics, scientists, entrepreneurs and leaders in architecture, engineering, population health and city government — to discuss important topics within the built environment.

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Institute for Smart & Healthy Cities Connects Three Colleges in Cross Disciplinary Effort

Jefferson's College of Architecture & The Built Environment, the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce and the College of Population Health come together to develop cities in the face of climate change, social inequity, rapid urbanization and health disparities.