Building Tour

CTBUH Canada FLC: Canary District & Sidewalk Labs Walking Tour

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 | Toronto

The walking tour guides you through The Canary District and ends at Sidewalk Labs to explore the planning and construction.

Over the 19th and 20th centuries, the West Don Land grew into a patchwork of railyards, industrial warehouses and working-class neighbourhoods. The architects drew on this history, weaving together diverse typologies – rowhouses, warehouses and grain silos – to create a new architectural expression for the Canary District that they have dubbed “coherent diversity”.

aA Associates Blair Robinson and Nicolas Peters will guide a walking tour through the district, discussing the history of the site and how the Integrated Design Team, transformed this desolate rail yard into the Canary District, a sustainable mixed-use neighbourhood for people at all stages of life and income levels, including market and affordable housing, student housing for George Brown College and a new YMCA community centre.

Sidewalk Labs is Alphabet Inc.'s urban innovation organization. Its goal is to improve urban infrastructure through technological solutions, and tackle issues such as cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage.

Toronto’s eastern waterfront presents an extraordinary opportunity to shape the city’s future and provide a global model for inclusive urban growth. Sidewalk Labs is honoured to present the Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) for the Sidewalk Toronto project as a comprehensive proposal for how to realize that potential.

Scenes from the day