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Sidewalk Labs Launches Toronto Office

The future is here. Sidewalk Labs, Google sponsored organization,  opened their office in Toronto. Their goal would be to “re-imagine Toronto and other cities to improve quality of life.”

Their office and community space will be located at 307 Lake Shore Boulevard East – where anyone will be able to pop in and discuss the future of the city and provide their ideas how to make the city of Toronto a better place to live.

They will also be hosting monthly meetups called Open SideWalks which will cover meetings, demos, etc.

Main Objectives of Sidewalks Labs are to: 

  • Establish a complete community that improves quality of life for a diverse population of residents, workers, and visitors.
  • Create a destination for people, companies, startups, and local organizations to advance solutions to the challenges facing cities, such as energy use, housing affordability, and transportation.
  • Make Toronto the global hub of a rising new industry: urban innovation.
  • Serve as a model for sustainable neighbourhoods throughout Toronto and cities around the world.

People who work at Sidewalk Labs will be located on second floor, while all demos and meet up will take place on the first floor.

Next meetup will take place on Wed 11 July, 2018 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at their offices. They will discuss initial sketches for the planning and development work for Toronto’s waterfront. If you miss that one , there is another one coming up on Wed 26 September, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, where speakers will be discussing ways that cities around the world are preparing for the future and addressing challenges related to sustainability, mobility, housing, and inclusive urban design.

Now it is time to get a great job and help change your city for the better: https://boards.greenhouse.io/sidewalklabs#.WAfElZMrIXp

Google To Toronto: We Will Build City of The Future Together

Google has made it official. They (Sidewalk Labs, owned by Google’s Alphabet) will be building internet city downtown Toronto along the lake front.

This is amazing news for the city of Toronto, as they have been selected from half dozen other cities all over the world that were being considered for the Google City of The Future project , and are the first city where this will happen.

“We looked all over the world for the perfect place to bring this vision to life, and we found it here,” said Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff. “We found a city with unequalled diversity and a remarkable spirit of openness. We found a city with a long, rich urbanist legacy matched by a recent technology boom.”

Below you can see some examples (courtesy of Sidewalk Labs) of how Google will transform Downtown Toronto:

Google published the following statement with their Sidewalk Labs partners:

Today no single city stands as a model for our urban future. Yet our cities rest on the way potential solutions to big urban challenges fit together.

So we’re pursuing a large-scale district that can serve as a living laboratory for urban technology — a testbed for coordinated solutions, a foundation for people to build on, and a vision for other cities to follow.

Google has announced that more than $1 billions of dollars will be invested to create public, residential and commercial spaces as well as advanced infrastructure for city’s high tech companies.

In press release, Google stated:

Sidewalk Toronto aims to make the Eastern Waterfront the global hub of a new industry focused on urban innovation to improve the quality of city life, tapping into Toronto’s already-thriving tech sector and developing innovations that could beneft communities and neighbourhoods elsewhere in the city.

To help get started, Alphabet plans to move Google’s Canadian headquarters to the Eastern Waterfront.