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Founding Co-Directors

Ursula Eicker

Ursula Eicker

Founding Co-Director
Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering
Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities

“Next-gen cities are built with a life-cycle approach, where resource use follows circular economy principles, where all energy is produced by renewables and where urban dwellers meet and create culture.”

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Carmela Cucuzzella

Carmela Cucuzzella

Founding Co-Director
Professor, Design and Computation Arts
Concordia University Research Chair in Integrated Design, Ecology and Sustainability (IDEAS) for the Built Environment

“Next-generation cities are about urban resilience, not only through technological or built environmental developments but also through community cohesion and cultural diversity.”

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Cluster Co-Directors

Pierre Gauthier

Pierre Gauthier

Cluster Co-Director, Built and Natural Environments
Associate Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment

“A next-gen city is a city that cares and nurtures. A next-gen city mobilizes its ingenuity, collaborative skills and willpower to create nurturing buildings, infrastructures and public places and spaces that are also spaces of citizenship.”

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Erkan Yönder

Erkan Yönder

Cluster Co-Director, Built and Natural Environments
Assistant Professor, Finance

"Next-generation cities will have smart buildings and infrastructure measuring environmental and social footprints; and develop communities being aware of environmental and social impacts. Lowering carbon emissions and climate impacts continuously, healthy buildings, and inclusive societies are some examples of the priorities of the next-generation cities.”

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Janis Timm-Bottos

Janis Timm-Bottos

Cluster Co-Director, Design, Arts, Culture and Community
Associate Professor, Art Therapy, Creative Arts Therapies
Provost Fellow for Community Engagement, Fine Arts

"The city of the future values beauty of the everyday through diversity of people and their contributions and offers welcoming places and green spaces for spontaneous, creative community engagement to achieve a greater good."

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Meghan Joy

Meghan Joy

Cluster Co-Director, Design, Arts, Culture and Community
Assistant Professor, Political Science

"I envision an urban future in which local governments are important political actors and serve its diverse population's social, political, and economic needs. This requires new forms of local governance, new revenue and policy tools, new policy visions and action plans, new forms of intergovernmental coordination and new participatory mechanisms."

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Govind Gopakumar


Govind Gopakumar

Cluster Co-Director, Mobile, Secure and Sharing Cities
Associate Professor and Chair, Centre for Engineering in Society

“Transformative pathways that will address systemic lock-ins and barriers are the way forward to achieve the goal of sustainable, equitable and resilient next-generation cities.“

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Chun Wang

Chun Wang

Cluster Co-Director, Mobile, Secure and Sharing Cities
Professor, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE)

"Next-generation cities pursue a citizen-focused approach which leverages smart, integrated, and optimized services enabled by innovative technologies to improve citizens' welfare and foster economic growth."

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Manager

Michael Bossert

Michael Bossert

Manager, Research Innovation and Business Development

"The ability to innovate decides our future, and innovative capability starts in the mind - with our attitude. Next-generation cities need catalysts and decision-makers who are equipped with an open ear, a playful mind, critical thinking skills, curiosity, and the ability to master complex challenges in a collaborative way. With the Next-Generation Cities Institute, we created a space where persons of all ages and backgrounds can co-create the future."

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Advisors

Ivona Bossert

Ivona Bossert

Knowledge Mobilization Advisor

"As a designer, I recognize the need to rethink public spaces and look at them from the unique perspective of their users. Understanding different behaviours and lifestyles will allow us to create accessible, inclusive and pleasant multi-generational next-generation urban experiences."

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Christopher Gibbs

Christopher Gibbs

Senior Advisor, Urban Simulation Platform & Gamification

"By visualizing Next Generation Cities and allowing you to play with them in real-time, we expand the reach of our research: empowering smarter decisions and educating greener behaviours."

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