Waterfront Toronto, Google/Alphabet partner on new waterfront community

Waterfront Toronto, Google/Alphabet partner on new waterfront community”

Alphabet businesses are likely to be independent, but Alphabet Inc.'s urban innovation organization, Sidewalk Labs' plan advocates multiple divisions can still work collectively on big initiatives.

Sidewalk Toronto will include features such as an open digital infrastructure, flexible building designs and new modes of mobility. The smart community will be built with a focus on urban design and new technology.

Now an unassuming piece of low-slung industrial land, Waterfront Toronto outlined a vision for a residential and commercial development that is "climate positive" - meaning its carbon emissions clock in at less than zero - with 20 per cent of new housing units designated as affordable. The partnership to create the neighbourhood is being called Sidewalk Toronto.

Located southeast of Downtown Toronto, the Eastern Waterfront contains more than 800 acres of land which is the target for future revitalization, including the Port Lands.

This ambitious project is a joint collaboration between the city of Toronto and #Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google's Alphabet Company which encompasses other divisions such as self-driving vehicle developer Waymo.

Sidewalk Labs intends to make the Quayside model neighborhood in Toronto a truly convenient and habitable area, so they are taking steps to cut down on local pollution and landfill waste as well as shorten commute times to the site. As Next City reported in May, it will be part of Quayside, a 2,000-acre waterfront community that is meant to "serve as a test bed for emerging technologies, materials, approaches and processes that will address these challenges and create a new global benchmark for sustainable, inclusive and accessible urban development", according to an RFP for the project.

"Sidewalk Toronto will help us test new ideas and new solutions to everything from transportation to affordable housing, benefiting our residents and drawing more talent, investment and jobs to our City", said Mayor John Tory, in a press release. The Sidewalk Toronto team-about 80 people initially-will be spending many months engaging with the community with an eye bringing an initial concept proposal forward about a year from now. "When students see how technology can transform their environment and make a difference in their daily lives, they are inspired to become inventors, innovators and makers". DEEP, a week-long course fostering experiential learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

At the event, they shared their designs with the prime minister. "So we're creating a new type of place to accelerate urban innovation and serve as a beacon for cities around the world". "On behalf of our Faculty, I would like to welcome Sidewalk Labs to the neighbourhood".

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