Future City in Toronto
Sitting upon the east waterfront of Toronto, Canada is an empty 800 acre section of land. This week, Google’s parent company Alphabet working with Sidewalk Labs, announced they were going to tackle the task of transforming the bare land with so much potential.
This project isn’t just any ordinary neighborhood, Sidewalk labs and Toronto Waterfront wanted to work together to create a “perfect city” that would model solutions to rising issues in cities, all around the world. “Sidewalk Toronto will combine forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centred neighbourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity,” said Sidewalk Labs.
When built, the apartments will have more affordable rents, be energy efficient and create less landfill waste. Outdoor spaces will be designed so that community members are able to be outside throughout the whole year. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “I have no doubt Quayside will become a model for cities around the world, and make all of our communities even better places to call home.”
Not only is this a model for building, but for transportation. Sidewalk Toronto plans to have self-driving cars to promote safer, and more efficient city transportation. Along with this, Sidewalk Labs wants this city to be data driven. In doing this they want people within the community to express their opinions so changes can we made. “At the core of the future city is a layer of digital infrastructure that provides ubiquitous connectivity for all, offers new insights on the urban environment, and encourages creation and collaboration to address local challenges,” according to Sidewalk Labs’ website.
“Sidewalk Toronto will transform Quayside into a thriving hub for innovation and a community for tens of thousands of people to live, work, and play,” said Justin Trudeau, who also championed the importance of creativity in tackling global issues earlier this month. “This project offers unprecedented opportunities for Canadian innovators and will create thousands of good, middle class jobs.”