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Civic engagement

Collab: A new digital tool for community participation

Sidewalk Labs and Digital Public Square teamed up on a new prototype to help people shape their communities.

Ariel Kennan
5 May
Transportation

Seeing a big future for micromobility

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Horace Dediu of Micromobility Industries on resizing city transportation.

Vanessa Quirk
5 May
Transportation

Four principles for the future of city streets

Cities can leverage design and technology to re-think our streets for pedestrians, bikes, and transit.

Willa Ng
4 Apr
public realm

How can we bring transparency to urban tech? These icons are a first step.

Our “Digital Transparency in the Public Realm” project brought people around the world together to co-create a visual language to demystify the tech in cities.

Jacqueline Lu, Chelsey Colbert and Patrick Keenan
4 Apr

Welcome to the city of lifelong learning

Already on the path to post-industrial recovery, South Bend, Indiana, is preparing for the future of work—and its libraries will play a pivotal role.

Christian Belanger
4 Apr

Exploring the future of care in urban communities

New research highlights six important trends — and proposes a concept space that could bring them all together.

Alexis Wise
1 Jan
Q&A

How to design a city for waste

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with historian and recycling guru Benjamin Miller on New York City’s “wasteful” past — and potential future.

Vanessa Quirk
11 Nov

An Update on Data Governance for Sidewalk Toronto

We believe Quayside can set a new model for responsible data use in cities — anchored by an independent Civic Data Trust.

Alyssa Harvey Dawson
10 Oct
urban design

From building raincoats to condo manifestos, Partisans is on a mission

The Toronto-based design studio will misbehave — and leave its hometown a better place in the process.

Vanessa Quirk
10 Oct
Podcast

Introducing “City of the Future” — a Podcast from Sidewalk Labs

Each episode explores one idea or innovation that will transform cities.

Eric Jaffe and Vanessa Quirk
10 Oct
Blog Post

The macro impact of micro-climates

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Goncalo Pedro about shaping our buildings and public spaces to make a more comfortable public realm.

Vanessa Quirk
9 Sep
Q&A

Outside the box truck: Innovations in delivery that could change our cities

In this Sidewalk Talk Q&A, researcher Anne Goodchild explains how simple ideas like lockers and cargo bikes could make our neighborhoods more “lovely, green, quiet, and livable.”

Vanessa Quirk
9 Sep
public space

Something to talk about: Why playful public spaces inspire serious connection

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with designers Mouna Andraos, Rebecca Taylor, and Pierre Thirion of Daily tous les jours.

Vanessa Quirk
9 Sep
Q&A

Tackling the Opioid Crisis, One Sewage Sample at a Time

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Newsha Ghaeli of the wastewater epidemiology startup Biobot Analytics.

Eric Jaffe
8 Aug
Features

Bringing Up Baby … Downtown

To keep families, more North American cities are turning to a suite of planning and design innovations, from play space to stroller ramps to adventure parks.

Amy Crawford
7 Jul
Self Driving Cars

Expectations, Uncertainties, and Policy Choices for Self-Driving Cities

A guide to where things stand on this most promising — but highly uncertain — technology.

Rohit T. Aggarwala
7 Jul
parks

Why Europe’s parks and playgrounds are so much more active than America’s

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Meghan Talarowski of Studio Ludo on the keys to more playable cities.

Eric Jaffe
7 Jul
Features

The secrets to a lasting mixed-income neighborhood

Like many global cities, Toronto has become increasingly segregated into wealthy enclaves and boroughs of poverty. But one area that bucked the trend offers lessons for the future.

Philip Preville
6 Jun
urban data

The real benefits of real-time transit data

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with researcher Candace Brakewood on all the ways it improves our lives — and its role in a potential car-free urban future.

Eric Jaffe
6 Jun
Features

Where new mobility and traditional transit are actually getting along

Pinellas County is home to perhaps the most advanced “micro-transit” system in action: a fleet of ride-hail vehicles that feeds into the bus system while reducing costs and expanding job access.

Sidewalk Labs Editorial
6 Jun