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Sidewalk Labs Tests a 'Raincoat' for Buildings in Toronto

05:00 - 13 March, 2019
Sidewalk Labs Tests a 'Raincoat' for Buildings in Toronto, Building Raincoat Prototype. Image © David Pike
Building Raincoat Prototype. Image © David Pike

Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs is testing a "raincoat" for buildings, a prototype tensile structure that's made to make extreme weather more comfortable. Created as part of the Quayside smart city project in Toronto, the raincoat structure aims to help protect from wind and rain while lowering energy demands on buildings. Designed by Toronto-based RWDI and Partisans, the prototype debuted at Sidewalk's 307 office. Made from a thin plastic membrane, the raincoat will remain up for one year as teams test its performance.

Building Raincoat Prototype. Image © David Pike Building Raincoat Prototype. Image © David Pike Building Raincoat Prototype. Image © David Pike Building Raincoat Prototype. Image © David Pike + 19

Snøhetta and Heatherwick Design a Timber City for Sidewalk Labs

13:00 - 19 February, 2019
Snøhetta and Heatherwick Design a Timber City for Sidewalk Labs , Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio
Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

Sidewalk Labs has released new renderings from Snøhetta and Heatherwick Studio of the Quayside neighborhood development in Toronto. After announcing plans to create a model smart city, Sidewalk Labs has been working to pioneer a new approach to future urban developments. Plans for Quayside were first revealed last summer, designed to be interconnected smart neighborhood for the city. The latest renderings were released with further documents outlining how the company plans to pay for the ground-up development.

Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio Quayside. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta Quayside. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta + 7

Can Future Cities be Timber Cities? Google’s Sidewalk Labs Asks the Experts

04:00 - 23 October, 2018
Can Future Cities be Timber Cities? Google’s Sidewalk Labs Asks the Experts, Courtesy of MGA. ImageMGA reenvisioned the Empire State Building in mass timber construction
Courtesy of MGA. ImageMGA reenvisioned the Empire State Building in mass timber construction

Steel and concrete facades have dominated contemporary cityscapes for generations, but as pressures from climate change pose new challenges for design and construction industries, some firms are turning to mass timber as the construction material of the future. But could it be used for structures as complex as skyscrapers? 

Sidewalk Labs Unveils Future City Design for Toronto's Quayside Neighborhood

06:00 - 16 August, 2018
Sidewalk Labs Unveils Future City Design for Toronto's Quayside Neighborhood, Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs
Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Labs has unveiled a new proposal for Toronto's eastern waterfront and a neighborhood development called Quayside. After announcing plans to create a model smart city in Toronto last fall, Sidewalk Labs has been working to pioneer a new approach to future urban developments. Plans for Quayside were revealed during a roundtable discussion on August 14, 2018. As the subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet, the team responded to an open call from Waterfront Toronto with a design that features heated pavements, large public spaces and mass timber buildings.

Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs + 11

3XN Reveals Waving Mixed-Use Building Located Adjacent to Sidewalk Labs' Future Smart City

14:00 - 31 October, 2017
3XN Reveals Waving Mixed-Use Building Located Adjacent to Sidewalk Labs' Future Smart City, The Parliament Slip with its boats and promenade will be activated by retail and balconies. Image © 3XN
The Parliament Slip with its boats and promenade will be activated by retail and balconies. Image © 3XN

Danish firm 3XN has been selected as the winner of a competition to design a new mixed-use waterfront building in Toronto’s East Bayfront district that will be located on the edge of Google/Sidewalk Labs’ new smart community, Quayside.

Inspired by the reflection of the waves of Lake Ontario, ‘The Waves at Bayside’ will feature a undulating facade of metal balconies with views out to the water and a podium filled with public program including a rowing club and assortment of restaurants and cafes.

Looking northeast to The Waves at Bayside. Image © 3XN An aerial view of the project. Image © 3XN Looking down across the multi-tired decks onto the amenity terrace. Image © 3XN Angled balconies and terraces give all suites lake views. Image © 3XN + 10

Sidewalk Labs Announces Plans to Create Model Smart City on Toronto's Waterfront

17:01 - 17 October, 2017
Sidewalk Labs Announces Plans to Create Model Smart City on Toronto's Waterfront, Eastern Waterfront as it looks today. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs
Eastern Waterfront as it looks today. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto have revealed plans for a brand new community on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront that will bring together “forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centred neighbourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity.”

Public Realm Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Sustainability Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Digital Infrastructure Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Housing Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs + 12

SHoP's Vishaan Chakrabarti Launches New Practice Dedicated to Cities

14:30 - 21 October, 2015
SHoP's Vishaan Chakrabarti Launches New Practice Dedicated to Cities, Vishaan Chakrabarti discussing his book, "A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America". Image © Tina Gao, Columbia University GSAPP
Vishaan Chakrabarti discussing his book, "A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America". Image © Tina Gao, Columbia University GSAPP

Former SHoP partner, scholar, author and urbanist Vishaan Chakrabarti has announced the creation of Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), a new practice focused on the "advancement of cities through cosmopolitan architecture and strategically innovative urban planning." As founder and CEO, Chakrabarti will lead the New York City-based firm with a mission "to create an ecological network of empowered citizens, generous buildings, discursive public space, strong infrastructure and a thriving urban environment."

PAU's first client will be Sidewalk Labs, a new urban innovation company funded by Google that seeks to solve urban issues through the application of technology.

Google (Alphabet) "Sidewalk Labs" Seeks to Improve City Life

13:15 - 11 August, 2015
Google (Alphabet) "Sidewalk Labs" Seeks to Improve City Life, © Sidewalk Labs
© Sidewalk Labs

Google has announced a major overhaul - the launch of their new parent company, Alphabet Inc. The new structure makes Google Inc. a holding company in an effort to provide more transparency to its investors and flexibility for its research endeavors. Thus, "G" will now stand for Google. The rest of the Alphabet will be a collection of companies that has yet to be entirely unveiled.

Calico, Fiber, Nest Labs, Wings, and Google X will all be part of the Alphabet, as well as a new urban innovation company known as Sidewalk Labs.