Creating sustainable communities
Urban dwellers and designers are co-creating adaptive technologies for vibrant, creative and more livable cities. Whether rebounding from extreme weather events, or converting decaying infrastructure and neighbourhoods, resilience is key. From building materials, to engineering methods, to transportation, zero waste, utilities and amenities, keeping it natural is at the heart of greener, circular and smarter urban economies, communities and systems.

Integrating technology for the greater good
Vibrant new cities are emerging from concrete monoliths as technologies interconnect symbiotic neighbourhoods. The Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, high-resolution GPS and big data are transforming cities’ core functioning elements affecting all aspects of urban life, from smart electricity grids and shared transportation networks, to vertical food production centres.

Urban infrastructure is becoming more digital by design. Through deeper digital and physical integration, communities are more connected, sustainable and resilient. Shared mobile and transportation networks, greener construction practices and new, more sustainable building materials are helping to create livable communities that reimagine daily interaction between people, structures and technologies.

In a post-pandemic era, the city space is more integrated across daily activities as homes and neighbourhoods now serve as both workplaces and abodes. As the relationship between work and home becomes more entwined, traditional workplaces must be capable of rapid reconfiguration to respond to changes in the business environment.

Sustainability with purpose
Adaptive, sustainable communities share a common purpose – places where people thrive to enjoy good health and create a high quality of life. A sustainable community reflects the interdependence of economic, environmental and social issues by acknowledging that regions, cities and towns must continue into the future without diminishing the land, water, air, natural and cultural resources that support them. Housing, transportation and resource conservation are managed in ways that retain economic and environmental values.

The concept of “Sustainable Cities and Communities” of the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice (GPURL) includes four key dimensions:

  • Sustainable Communities are environmentally sustainable in terms of cleanliness and efficiency.
  • Sustainable Communities are resilient to social, economic and natural shocks. They are well prepared for natural disasters, which are increasing in intensity and frequency due to climate change.
  • Sustainable Communities are inclusive communities. They bring all dimensions of society and all groups of people – including the marginalized and vulnerable – into their markets, their services, and their development.
  • Sustainable Communities are competitive communities that can stay productive and generate jobs for members of the community.

Building inclusive, resilient, competitive and sustainable communities is essential for boosting shared prosperity at the local, regional and national levels.

Hear from the innovators and thought leaders who are shaping the future of community life, functionally, economically and culturally as part of the Taming Urban Jungles knowledge track at Inventures 2022.



  • Next Horizon Communities – June 03, 9am
  • Real Leadership is Inclusive: Diversity of Thought is Not Enough – June 01, 11am
  • Blockchain and the New ESG Economy – June 02, 2pm
  • Understanding the Truth So We Can Walk in a Good Way Together – June 03, 10am
  • Transforming Alberta’s Electricity System – June 03, 9am
  • Maximizing Our Resources – June 03, 10am
  • Sustainable Transportation – June 03, 11am
  • Construction Innovation – June 01, 11am
  • Funding Public Spaces: Moving Beyond Crowdfunding – June 02, 1pm
  • Beyond Borders: Collaborating Internationally to Compete in a Global Research and Innovation Economy – June 01, 10am
  • Building Entrepreneurial Communities From the Ground Up – June 01, 10am
  • Startup Pitch Event: Taming Urban Jungles – June 02, 10am