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City of the Future Podcast

Episode 10: Responsive Architecture

Buildings could soon adapt to their environments — and even us, too.

Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe
11 Nov

Why is it so hard to green the grid?

Author and anthropologist Gretchen Bakke explains the 20th century hang-ups preventing a cleaner energy future.

Vanessa Quirk
11 Nov
City of the Future Podcast

Episode 9: Affordable Electrification

For the sake of our planet, we’ll need to “electrify everything” — including our homes.

Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe
10 Oct
City of the Future Podcast

Episode 8: Mobility on Demand

This episode of our podcast explores a future where mobility is frictionless, easy — maybe even fun.

Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe
10 Oct

Re-thinking Retail: When Pop-Ups Become Permanent

A Q&A with the CEO of Popuphood, which brings cities and developers together to help retailers occupy once vacant spaces.

Vanessa Quirk
10 Oct
City of the Future Podcast

Episode 7: Stoa

Our latest podcast episode explores innovations that could transform retail — and bring vibrancy to our city streets.

Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe
9 Sep
City of the Future Podcast

Episode 6: Affordability by Design

Our podcast “City of the Future” returns with an episode about the future of housing.

Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe
9 Sep

The building blocks of a great public space

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Toronto-based experts who have researched how public spaces create a sense of belonging.

Vanessa Quirk
8 Aug

City of the Future talks MIDP

In this bonus episode, we preview season 2 — and talk Toronto — with Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff.

Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe
6 Jun

Co-living grows up

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Jon Dishotsky, CEO of co-living developer Starcity.

Vanessa Quirk
6 Jun
Retail

The retail crisis is now a landlord crisis

Author Mark Pilkington explains why retail is struggling in cities — and how landlords and retailers could, together, develop a solution.

Vanessa Quirk
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
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
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
Design

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.

Vanessa Quirk
5 May
Q&A

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.

Vanessa Quirk
5 May