Sidewalk Labs focuses on incorporating the latest technologies in cities. For the past few years, it has planned the city of the future through Sidewalk Toronto, with the full vision of the alphabet published today.
The master's innovation and development plan is over 1,500 pages long and split over four volumes. It goes into depth about the future city that Alphabet wants to build in Toronto. It was developed over an 18-month period after receiving input of 21,000 inhabitants.
Quayside Quarter is the first part of Sidewalk Toronto's future city plan. It involves the construction of ten mixed-use buildings that are up to 30 stories tall, with room for 4,500 residents and 3,900 jobs.
These buildings will use sustainable solid wood while the entire site has a carbon footprint. In addition, fiber optic networks are integrated into buildings along with public Wi-Fi.
The Quayside plan will result in a cold and cold neighborhood with a significant number of environmental innovations, including sustainable building materials and designs, an advanced electricity grid, a clean thermal network for heating and cooling, a smart disposal chain designed for to increase recycling and active management of storm water.
Pedestrian connections are only fed with shops and restaurants as well as community areas, while office space and residential units are over. These "people-first" streets are connected by cycle paths that include heated lanes and traffic signals that adapt to real-time usage.
The future city of the alphabet must now be approved by the Waterfront Toronto Board and the wider local government. At the beginning of next year, Sidewalk Labs will submit the formal development program to the city of Toronto. Zoning could be provided in early 2022, with building permits before the end of that year.
Initial site work will begin in 2021, with construction beginning the year after following the permissions. The first building would be ready in mid-2024 with "full occupancy across the entire Quayside site reached at the end of 2026."
The second phase is the River District and sees Quayside replicated on a larger scale:
A 62-hectare area consisting of five neighborhoods around the renatured Don River: Keating East, Villiers West, Villiers East, Polson Quay and McCleary.
If this plan is approved, Google plans to move its Canadian headquarters to Villiers West, while an "innovation campaign" would also be set up.
The alphabet commits to setting up a new Canadian headquarters for Google on the western edge of Villiers Island as part of an agreed transaction within the IDEA District, to catalyze a new innovation campaign and to strengthen the area's economic potential. The alphabet will target up to 500,000 square feet, which would be enough to accommodate up to 2,500 jobs, most of which would be for Google employees (though actual employment will depend on market conditions and business requirements).
Sidewalk Toronto has an interactive website that details the plans in-depth and does not require reading the very long PDF document.
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