News Analysis

The Green Urban Future Is Taking Shape in Toronto

Sidewalk Labs is validating strategies for carbon-neutral neighborhoods—and finding valuable lessons for any urban development in the process.

Mass-timber buildings with Passive House-level performance. All-electric energy systems with renewables and storage. Green stormwater infrastructure. Advanced occupant-engagement strategies.

The sustainability plan for Sidewalk Toronto’s Quayside development reads like a green urbanism wish list. It would be tempting to write the plan off as a pile of ungrounded aspirations, but the rigor of analysis, planning, and community engagement that’s gone into this plan suggests otherwise. They just might pull it off.

Published March 5, 2019