Ryerson Talks Sidewalk
Sidewalk Labs has ambitious plans for TO’s waterfront. Ryerson experts weigh in on the challenges and opportunities presented for our city.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
9 to 10:30 AM, 245 Church Street (3rd Floor)
Sidewalk Labs has ambitious plans for a section of Toronto’s waterfront. In a 2019 document dubbed “Toronto Tomorrow,” it put forth a multi-faceted proposal to transform a site at the foot of Parliament Street into a high-tech future neighbourhood that leverages several livability and sustainability innovations at scale.
When first presented, the Alphabet-owned company’s Master Innovation and Development Plan proposed to develop 77 hectares on the waterfront. In October 2019, Waterfront Toronto scaled this geography down to 4.9 hectares–the size of Quayside district. Torontonians now wait while Waterfront Toronto decides by May 20 whether to proceed in the partnership.
Do Sidewalk Labs’ proposed innovations create a blueprint for a sustainable, livable and more affordable smart community? Can the intended impacts be achieved within a relatively small area? Are data governance and privacy concerns still at issue within the plan’s reduced scope?
Presented by the Ryerson City Building Institute, Ryerson Talks Sidewalk will bring top Ryerson faculty experts together to discuss the features of Sidewalk Labs’ plan–from tall timber construction to data governance–and evaluate their potential in Toronto and beyond.
Dr. Murtaza Haider, Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, and Director, Regionomics Inc.
Dr. Miljana Horvat, Associate Professor, Department of Architectural Science
Dr. Ali Miri, Professor, Computer Science, and Research Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute
Dr. Zhixi Zhuang, Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning
Opening remarks by Steven Liss, Vice President, Research and Innovation, Ryerson University.