Thriving cities require that all of the resources within and around them interact as effectively as possible. This includes social and institutional resources that range from the very local, where we spend most of our lives, to the regional, national, and global contexts we are part of.
The complex network of relationships between people, institutions, and culture represents what we at Cardus call social architecture. We research the existing social architecture and propose ways in which it might change to better serve the common good.
The design of an individual institution and the wider networks of institutions that make up our society can be improved. Taking stock of the best ideas and practices in research and policy development thinking can help get us there.
Cities are complex, social, and essential. Within these three assertions there are key issues related to building better cities that we are pursuing through our active 2013 projects.
A brief summary of what Cardus offers in relation to cities can be found in this two-page overview.
What do we mean? Read about our first principles in Comment: "The Renewal of the City," "Street level Justice: governing metropolitan public space," and "Knee Deep in Hot Fuzz."
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Calgary City Soul Phase 2: Final Report (October 2011)
Calgary's Centre City Plan is designed to provide room and services for 40,000 additional residents in the civic core in the years ahead. If the plan makes no reference to the need for continued growth of the faith institutions in the Centre City, what will flourishing in the future be like?