March 6, 2020
Remember when we asked if anyone would like to listen to a pilot of a new podcast? Well good news — that podcast launches today! It’s called the Sidewalk Weekly, and it's a light-hearted chat show that provides your weekly dose of urban tech news. This is our pilot episode from last week. If you like what you hear, then head to the Sidewalk Weekly feed and subscribe! We hope you enjoy — and don’t worry — we’ll be back with City of the Future Season 3 thi
January 27, 2020
Hi City of the Future listeners! In between seasons, we've been working on a new podcast idea. (Don't worry, CotF isn't going anywhere!) We'd love to know what you think about this potential new show. If you're interested in listening to the 20-minute pilot  and providing your feedback, please fill out this form:
November 8, 2019
Buildings today are sealed, hermetic structures that never move and never change. But new technologies and materials are allowing our buildings to move, evolve, and even respond — not only to their environments, but to us, too. We talk to Sidewalk Labs' Jesse Shapins, engineer Goncalo Pedro, author Sharon Francis, and renowned architect Liz Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. For a link-rich transcript of this episode, visit
October 25, 2019
For a sustainable future, we need to turn away from fossil fuels and turn towards electricity. But to electrify everything — our cars, our buildings, our entire neighborhoods — we'll need to make some big changes first. We talk to Gretchen Bakke, author of The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future, and Sidewalk Labs' director of sustainability Charlotte Matthews. For a link-rich transcript of this episode, visit
October 11, 2019
Getting around cities today can be challenging, and new modes are appearing daily, adding to the confusion. But what if mobility were frictionless, easy  —  maybe even fun? Hear Horace Dediu talk micro-mobility; Bibiana McHugh tell the stories of GTFS and OpenTrip Planner; Sampo Hietanen explain Mobility as a Service (MaaS); and Sidewalk Labs' Corinna Li imagine what mobility could be like in the city of the future. For a link-rich transcript of this episode, visit
September 27, 2019
Vacant storefronts have become pervasive. Why? And how can we help retailers, and community spaces, thrive? In this episode, we explore innovations that could help address the retail crisis — and embed flexibility and vibrancy into our cities' ground floors. For a link-rich transcript of this episode, visit On October 9th in Boston Sidewalk Labs' Vanessa Quirk and Carrie Denning Jackson will be speaking on this topic at Culture House. Tickets at
September 13, 2019
We're in a housing crisis. Could affordability by design be part of the solution? In this episode we look at trends in housing — from unit design to co-living — and ask how the private sector can do more to help create more choice and affordability in cities. This episode features Ori CEO Hasier Larrea, nArchitects' Eric Bunge, Starcity CEO Jon Dishotsky, and Sidewalk Labs' Annie Koo. For a link-rich transcript, visit
June 24, 2019
Today, Sidewalk Labs’ proposal for Toronto, the Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP), will be released to the public. And because a lot of the innovations in the MIDP are episode topics that we’ll be exploring in Season 2, we figured we’d drop a special bonus episode with a special guest: Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff.
January 25, 2019
For our first live show, co-host Vanessa Quirk moderates a discussion with some of the familiar voices from season 1: Director of Buildings Innovation Karim Khalifa; Director of Mobility for Streets Willa Ng; and Associate Director of Sustainability Emily Kildow. We talk about everything from fire testing timber to congestion pricing to pneumatic tubes. Thanks to City Farm Presents for having City of the Future at the festival.
November 30, 2018
Simple as it may seem, recycling properly is really hard — and our misguided attempts are actually harming the planet more than helping. But what if we could be "nudged" to recycle better? In this episode, we explore how behavioral science — and computer vision — could help us help our planet.
November 16, 2018
In the future, your package could find its way to you — practically on its own.
November 2, 2018
What if traffic lights could respond to the conditions at the intersection — perhaps stay red for an elderly walker or turn green for a crowded bus? In our third episode, we explore adaptive traffic lights, an innovation that could change the hierarchy of the street.
October 19, 2018
Imagine streets that heat up, so snow melts on contact. Or that light up, turning a car lane into pedestrian space. In our second episode, we explore the innovation that will make these things possible: modular pavement.
October 5, 2018
Wooden skyscrapers. Impossible? Not any more. Our first episode explores how mass timber could make wooden skyscrapers possible — and transform our cities. We talk to the world’s leading expert on tall wooden buildings, Michael Green, and Sidewalk’s Director of Buildings Innovation, Karim Khalifa.
March 4, 2018
City of the Future is a podcast from Sidewalk Labs that will explore the innovations and ideas set to transform our cities. Coming soon!
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