Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has a subsidiary dedicated to urban innovation named Sidewalk Labs. The company has officially released details of its upcoming cutting-edge development on the waterfront in Toronto. Tall timber may be used in high amounts for creating this neighbourhood as per reports. Waterfront Toronto will be collaborating with Sidewalk Labs for the new neighbourhood design named Quayside. The 12 acre property should cost approximately $1 billion according to reports and will have features like heated roadways and could be the tallest such tall timber development in the entire world. Quayside could be used for a modular housing blueprint which encompasses low-cost and swiftly developed residential units and there could be self-driving shuttles for transit while there may also be a renewable energy setup for the entire neighbourhood.
$50 million has already been committed for the first phase of the project by Sidewalk Labs. Waterfront Toronto has also garnered around $996 million in investments from the national and local governments for this project and infrastructure development. 90% of the neighbourhood could be developed for unlocking residential space of around 3, 000 units covering roughly 3 million sq. ft. Sustainable building models will enhance affordability in this neighbourhood. Tall timer has been widely regarded as an affordable and feasible replacement for concrete and steel since this can resist fire and is strong enough.
Tall timber buildings are currently limited to 6 storeys and regulations may be changed for Quayside as per reports. There will be household units to cater to a diverse range of incomes of households. There will be centralized parking facilities and green roofs for buildings. There will be dedicated public spaces and water bodies. There will be low cost structures for offering protection from wind and rain. There will be big sidewalks and bike lanes along with a main road for cars in transit.
Autonomous vehicles will have restricted speeds for conducting deliveries and also for local access. There could also be colonnades along public usage zones for offering protection from the weather. There will also be shops, plazas, parks and sidewalks throughout the neighbourhood where pavements will be created from conductive concrete which can easily melt ice and snow. Precast slabs will be used for quick replacements and maintenance and LED lights will be used for signals. There will be tree filled zones on pavements for absorption of storm water. The final blueprint is expected from Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto for this mega project which will give a massive boost to Toronto’s housing sector while generating higher employment at the same time.