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.
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.
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.
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.
Introducing “City of the Future” — a Podcast from Sidewalk Labs
Each episode explores one idea or innovation that will transform cities.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The architects building Toronto’s past into its future
The firm Lebel & Bouliane has become known for adaptive reuse projects — like the new Sidewalk Toronto workspace, “307” — that make history an integral part of their designs.
When affordable housing starts in a factory
Amid a housing crisis, several North American cities are turning to modular construction to get new buildings off the ground more quickly and less costly.
How Toronto could lead the wooden skyscraper revolution
A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with architect and designer Luigi Ferrara on the Arbour — a 12-story wood building for George Brown College’s waterfront campus.
Toronto by public transportation — from Point A to anywhere
Our open-source Toronto Transit Explorer shows how long it takes to reach any part of the city by taking public transit, cycling, or walking.
Introducing Replica, a next-generation urban planning tool
De-identified location data can help answer key transportation questions — from a regional level all the way down to a city block.