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.


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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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Future Cities

Jefferson’s Institute for Smart and Healthy Cities is defining the framework to transform cities into more sustainable, healthy and connected communities. Starting with our own Center City and East Falls campuses, including hospitals, buildings and infrastructure, and the city of Philadelphia, the Institute will develop technologies and planning tools for large scale cities.


Sheba Medical Center

Jefferson faculty and students partnered with several institutions in Israel to explore and develop design solutions for the City of Health at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv. The collaborative studio developed concepts for a new master plan for the medial campus. Students developed architectural designs based on population health studies, connected environments and new technologies, while focusing on aging in place and the development of an integrated community.


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.