Google is building a smart city from the (under)ground up

Google is building a smart city from the (under)ground up
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Connecting local infrastructure to make it ‘smart’ is not ambitious enough for Google, so it’s building an entire city itself.

We first heard of Google's plans in 2017 but details were scarce. Now we're getting a bit more information along with some renders of what it should look like.

A group within Alphabet, Google's parent company, is technically behind the project. Sidewalk Labs “imagines, designs, tests, and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest challenges.”

The city is called Quayside and is based on the waterfront in Toronto, Canada. For such a project, a couple of renowned architecture studios had to be employed. Snøhetta and Heatherwick Studio were the chosen two.

In these newly-released renders, we can see the studios’ direction:

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There will be 3,000 housing units as part of the development, with a third of those deemed affordable.

Geothermal heat and solar energy will power Quayside to make it a great example of a sustainable city using renewable sources.

That same geothermal heat it's hoped will keep streets and sidewalks clear of ice. When it rains, clear tarps will cover public spaces such as parks to ensure they're still accessible.

As for connectivity, the whole of Quayside will be covered with 5G to ensure residents have fast and reliable internet access.

However, it's what's under the surface that's most impressive. Underneath the city, a network of tunnels will allow garbage to be collected and deliveries to be made. These services will all be operated by robots instead of humans.


The city is expected to complete in around five or six years. I'm in the market for a new property Google, just saying. in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this? Attend the IoT Tech Expo World Series events with upcoming shows in Silicon Valley, London, and Amsterdam.</

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