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Since Alphabet gave birth to Google’s smart city sister company, Sidewalk Labs, we have been wondering what a “city built by Google” would look like, how it would function, and what innovative features it might include. Over the past year or so, since the announcement that Toronto has been chosen as the location for its first major project, the anticipation has intensified to new levels. Unbased rumours circulated widely but the firm stayed relatively quiet about its plans, until now. In line with a roundtable on Toronto Quayside development, the firm released a series of documents that finally reveal some details about the Sidewalk Labs project. The documents included the firm’s project objectives, design theories and some very revealing conceptual drawings. While far from a complete design strategy, the information included in these documents paint a picture of a functional yet highly social, eco-futuristic, mixed use neighborhood that reacts to the weather and time of […]

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