City Builder Glossary
The #CityGlossary will help guide you through the realm of city building. What does it mean when we talk about capacity building or smart cities? What even is a city builder? Find out!
In our work helping create flourishing cities across the country, we come across, and use, terms that would be considered jargon in everyday conversations. But this isn't always the best when we're trying to create city building that is inclusive for all. This glossary will help you to understand more about city building. Follow the conversation online with #CityGlossary.
City Builder Terms:
- Capacity Building
- Carbon Offsetting
- City Builder
- Civic Commons
- Civic Engagement
- Civic Incubator
- Complete Streets
- Flourishing City
- Inclusive Innovation
- Mid-Sized Cities
- Public Realm
- Public Space
- Regenerative City
- Smart City
- Urban Intervention
- Urban Resilience
Providing the support and resources, such as workshops, mentorship and research, needed in order for people to make a positive impact on their cities, from residents and organizations to practitioners and city officials.
The counteracting of carbon dioxide emissions with an equivalent reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
A person who influences positive change to the cultural, social, environmental, physical and/or economic components of a city.
A network of public places and facilities that enable communities to learn, celebrate, express collective actions, collaborate and flourish, together. Can include libraries, parks, community centres, squares and more.
A process and practice that seeks to include residents in the decision making around city building. This can be led by individuals or groups, by public or private organizations, or by the government.
A program that nurtures city builders by providing them with skills training and education, and access to a network of resources.
A way of designing roads so they are safe, comfortable and convenient for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit-users and drivers.
A city that is thriving, resilient and inclusive at its core, where all residents benefit from the thoughtful integration of the natural and built world.
People of diverse experiences and backgrounds working collectively to find new ways to solve complex urban challenges that make cities a better place for all.
Adding homes, transportation, jobs, schools and other forms of density in already developed, urbanized areas.
Canadian cities with populations ranging from 50,000 to 500,000 residents. These cities have the potential to become leaders of sustainable and inclusive city-building initiatives across Canada.
- The ability to move all people safely and affordably between where they live, work and play. Includes walking, cycling, the use of wheelchairs, public transit, cars and more.
- The ability to transport goods in an efficient and sustainable manner for the benefit of all
The process of working together to shape and create public spaces. Placemaking brings together diverse people to plan, design, manage and program shared-use spaces.
An area that is publicly-accessible, including streets, squares, parks and open spaces, which enables the public's interaction and connection with each other and their city.
A city designed to eliminate negative environmental impact and help restore balance with natural systems. Regenerative cities are low-carbon and rely on renewable energies, not fossil fuels.
A resilient, inclusive and collaboratively-built city that uses technology and data to better the quality of life for all people.
A project that alters a city or neighbourhood to make it more enjoyable. These projects are often temporary, low-cost and run by the community.