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The Challenge

Most people live in cities, and by a margin that will grow in the future. 

A city represents an interdependent system-of-systems. These include social, economic, infrastructure, environmental, and governance systems operating in concert. This system-of-systems is responsible for meeting diverse needs of growing populations. That is no easy task in light of the fragile equilibrium of these systems or the risks of cascading failure across the interdependent components. 

Cities need tools to strategically manage complexities and risks. 

Argonne’s Solution

Argonne National Laboratory’s Science of Cities delivers a multidisciplinary approach to understanding cities holistically by combining:

  • Advanced social science and behavioral analytics
  • Economic modeling and supply chain analysis
  • Infrastructure asset assessment and system modeling
  • Climate modeling and impact analysis
  • Policy analysis and community decision support

The Benefits 

Argonne’s Science of Cities expertise can assist cities in:

  • Building resilience
  • Fostering sustainability
  • Ensuring equity
  • Promoting justice

As a result, cities can be globally competitive and locally livable.