Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to Turn 800 Acres of Toronto into an ‘Internet City’

Sidewalk Labs, the smart city subsidiary of Alphabet with the stated goal of “reimagining cities from the Internet up,” now has a very big sandbox in which to conduct its high-tech experiments. The Google spinoff announced they won the deal with the city of Toronto to develop 800 acres of waterfront property into its own digital utopia.


Waterfront Toronto, a city agency tasked with overseeing the development along the shore of Lake Ontario, is teaming up with Sidewalk Labs to create a new venture called Sidewalk Toronto.

The company said it would convene a town hall on November 1st to kick off a year-long community outreach process, in an effort to head off any NIMBY blowback that could result from a project like this. Or as Sidewalk Labs puts it, because “knowing that great neighbourhoods aren’t planned from the top down...”

Modular construction is to play a big part of Waterfront Toronto project. The big question is whether Canadian and/or US modular factories will be getting most of the business or will Toronto give this project to the Chinese mega corporation, China National Building Material Company and Spanish modular specialist Barcelona Housing System like Chicago did for its US Steel waterfront project.


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