Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff have announced plans to build a model city, which uses the internet and technology to solve all its major problems in an undeveloped area of Toronto. The estimated cost of the project is one billion dollars, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Developed by the Canadian government, the city government and the Google-affiliated Sidewalk Lab, Quayside will be a community of approximately three square miles on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. “The goal is to create a new kind of urban community that will set an example for the rest of the world in how to build cities that will impact our future,” said Project Development Head Meg Davis.
The goal of business leaders and entrepreneurs is to combine “the best of urban design with the most advanced digital technology,” in Doctoroff’s words, and to attract investors, startups and academic research centers. Urban planner Jane Jacobs was quoted by the CEO of Sidewalk Labs as the main inspiration for the project.
The idea for Quayside is to use the internet and connectivity as a fundamental point for the functioning of the community, highlighting the sustainable use of energy, the price of housing and mobility. With all services connected to the network, local government will theoretically be able to constantly improve services.
Entrepreneurs’ intention is gradually to expand renewal for the entire Toronto port region. More information about the project can be found on its official website.
Source: Panrotas / Nexo Journal