Mass timber plan for 'smart city'

Wednesday 3 Jul 2019

Last week Google sister company Sidewalk Labs released a draft of its master plan to transform 12 acres on the Toronto waterfront into a smart city. The document details the neighborhood’s buildings, street design, transportation, and digital infrastructure— as well as how the company plans to construct it. When a leaked copy of the plan popped up online earlier this year, we learned that Sidewalk Labs plans to build the entire development, called Quayside, out of mass timber.

The subsequent release of the official plan reveals the key to doing so: Sidewalk proposes investing $80 million to build a timber factory and supply chain that would support its fully timber neighbourhood. The company says the factory, which would be focused on manufacturing prefabricated building pieces that could then be assembled into fully modular buildings on site, could reduce building time by 35% compared to more traditional building methods.

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(Sidewalk Labs reveals the key to its smart city plans: An $80M building factory The Google sister company plans to build an entire supply chain to support its plan for a mass timber neighbourhood—but only if Toronto adopts its plan wholesale.)
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