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Ur­ban­ist Robin Mazumder re­views Quay­side, the new ‘smart’ neigh­bour­hood on Toronto’s eastern wa­ter­front

Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS - By Robin Mazumder

The fu­tur­is­tic neigh­bour­hood be­ing de­signed for Toronto’s wa­ter­front

II­mag­ine be­ing able to build a neigh­bour­hood from scratch in the heart of Toronto, the coun­try’s most pop­u­lous city; to ex­per­i­ment with in­no­va­tive ur­ban de­sign in the midst of a hous­ing short­age and what Mayor John Tory has called a city­wide men­tal health cri­sis, as many cit­i­zens strug­gle with is­sues re­lated to a lack of city re­sources and a co­or­di­nated na­tional ap­proach. What would that neigh­bour­hood look like? How could it be built to sup­port the well-be­ing of the peo­ple liv­ing there? En­ter Side­walk Toronto, an am­bi­tious mixed-use com­mu­nity project on a nearly five-hectare stretch of Toronto’s eastern wa­ter­front called Quay­side, cre­ated in part­ner­ship with de­vel­oper Wa­ter­front Toronto and Al­pha­bet’s Side­walk Labs, a Google sis­ter com­pany spe­cial­iz­ing in ur­ban in­no­va­tion. The project, which will in­te­grate mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and best ur­ban de­sign prac­tices, is cur­rently in con­sul­ta­tion, with plans to break ground in 2020 and see its first res­i­dents as early as 2022. As an out­spo­ken ur­ban­ist, ad­vo­cate for health­ier cities and a for­mer men­tal health oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist com­plet­ing my doc­tor­ate in cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science at the Univer­sity of Water­loo, where I study the psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pacts of ur­ban de­sign, I’m ex­cited about the neigh­bour­hood’s pos­si­bil­i­ties. If done well, Quay­side can set the tone for how we build fu­ture ur­ban cen­tres in the age of open data and smart tech­nol­ogy. Here are some el­e­ments I think are es­sen­tial to Quay­side’s suc­cess.

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