Sidewalk Labs' smart neighborhood in Toronto is edging closer to becoming a reality after it revealed the initial draft plan for the site. It's proposing that Quayside should be focused around 12 mass-timber buildings, with a maximum height of 30 stories and a mix of residential, retail and commercial spaces in each.
Major Investment Demonstrates the Company's Commitment to Canadian Market
VTS, the commercial real estate industry’s (CRE) leading leasing and asset management platform, announced today the opening of its new product development center in Toronto. The Toronto location will serve as the firm’s first major product development center outside of New York, enabling VTS to access Toronto’s pool of highly skilled product and engineering talent as the startup looks to continue its rapid growth.
VTS is actively hiring for the office, which is located in Downtown Toronto and opened in June. The company plans to grow the Toronto development team to at least 50 people by the end of 2020.Read more
A new tech-focused development under construction in Toronto aims to bring both rental housing and jobs to the city’s growing tech industry, and create a unique space to bring manufacturing back to the city.
The result of a partnership between George Brown College, MaRS Discovery District, a Toronto startup hub, and Refine Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP), this new hybrid residential and manufacturing project, going up at 440 Dufferin Street and overseen by the developer Fitzrovia, is expected to open by July 2020 in the west part of downtown Toronto.Read more
Sidewalk Labs’ final master plan for its smart city project in Toronto will be released next month, says the firm’s CEO.
Speaking at the Collision technology conference in Toronto Wednesday, Dan Doctoroff told a packed room that the master plan for the Quayside project will be done “literally next month.”
Doctoroff said when that happens another set of public reviews of the proposal will begin.
Toronto’s film and television industry got a welcome boost this month with the announcement Netflix that was leasing two studio spaces in the city’s central waterfront area.
Netflix has multi-year leases for four sound studios and office space at both Cinespace Studios and Pinewood Toronto Studios. Netflix said the deals will provide jobs up to 1,850 Canadians per year.Read more
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The best description I have ever heard about ICF as an ideas-driving think tank for enabling Digital Age policy for cities and towns was from Rob van Gijzel, the former mayor of Eindhoven, The Netherlands and the ICF Foundation’s first chairman. He called us, “The method of transformational decision making for cities.”
And we are. Or at least “a method” for this. We are also a group that inspired communities to believe that, yes, they can.
The world has cooperated with the ICF vision. Thanks to broadband and satellite telecommunications the world became flat. Like the sound of a rail train’s whistle, people heard something familiar and it allowed them to rethink the proposition of the small and the midsized city especially. It dawned on them that “the middle of nowhere” was no longer their domain. They had places with a history and assets that could be transformed.
These cities and towns have begun to determine the course of the global economy because of how they have moved from using smart technology to become Intelligent places. This year’s Smart21 is laden with them, from Vietnam to Ohio to India.Read more
Below are our most popular posts on SmartCitiesWorld in 2018, highlighting smart city priorities such as transportation, governance and partnerships.
For me, the most interesting thing in smart cities in 2018 was the more open discussion around the social risks of smart cities and practical moves to address them. This included more attention on the risks associated with the rise of facial recognition technology, concerns about data privacy, the acknowledgement of unintended consequences and the need to pay attention to growing cyber risks as our cities get more connected.Read more
The plan seeks to address some of Toronto's key urban issues, such as congested roads, expensive housing and job creation. It earmarks at least 20 percent of residential units for affordable housing (and 40 percent below-market rate housing overall) and 50 percent as rental units for the 5,000 or so residents it hopes will live there.
Imagine being a patient in a hospital without doctors.
Well, that scenario is currently playing itself out at Western Hospital in Alberton, P.E.I., thanks to Maple, a trailblazing tele-medicine provider based in Toronto.
The three-year-old company has been conducting a six-month pilot project of tele-rounding — meaning a doctor’s rounds are done via video teleconference — at the hospital located in a rural area of the province since August.Read more
Toronto may not have won the right to host Amazon's next corporate headquarters, but Mayor John Tory says taking part in the competition nonetheless represented a victory.
In a statement on Tuesday, Tory said the process of bidding for Amazon's huge expansion, dubbed HQ2, has raised the city's profile around the world as a tech hub.Read more
Uber plans to open a new engineering office in Toronto early next year.
The company said Thursday it is expanding its corporate presence in Canada where it expects to create hundreds of new tech and engineering jobs. It plans to invest more than 200 million Canadian dollars (about $150 million) in the region over the next five years.
Canada will become the transportation company's eighth engineering hub outside the United States.Read more