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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

Malin, N. (2019, March 5). The Green Urban Future Is Taking Shape in Toronto. Retrieved from