It envisions a new kind of mixed-use community by combining forward thinking urban design, new digital technology and other innovative solutions
Waterfront Toronto has signed and released the plan development agreement (PDA) with Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, which paves the way for its waterfront community plan.
It is the next step in planning the revitalisation of Quayside, located at Lake Shore Boulevard East and Parliament Street in Toronto. It envisions a new kind of mixed-use, complete community by combining forward-thinking urban design, new digital technology and other innovative solutions to create a neighbourhood that sets new standards for urban living while supporting Canada’s growing cleantech, construction and technology sectors.
Waterfront Toronto was established by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto in 2001 to oversee and lead the renewal of the city’s waterfront.
“We are excited to take this next step with Sidewalk Labs to set the stage for delivering a truly transformational project on the waterfront that addresses many critical urban issues faced by our City and other cities,” said Helen Burstyn, the chair of Waterfront Toronto’s board of directors.
Key elements of the agreement include:
“The Plan Development Agreement is based on months of successful collaboration with Waterfront Toronto. This agreement defines goals, roles and responsibilities and will guide all of our work together as we develop a ground-breaking plan that aims to achieve new levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity,” added Josh Sirefman, head of development at Sidewalk Labs.
If you like this, you might be interested in reading the following:
Waterfront Toronto: Lessons in community engagement
Policymakers globally are watching Sidewalk Labs’ Waterfront Toronto project. Blayne Haggart, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brock University, and Natasha Tusikov, Assistant Professor,...
Dynamic Street for Sidewalk Labs
CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati and Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs in Toronto has introduced a modular and “reconfigurable” paving system that can adapt the use of a street to meet different needs throughout the
Smart cities: But is it art?
More examples of involving citizens in smart city initiatives are finally emerging but we need to seriously scale them and get much more specific, and fast.