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Announcement

Announcing Replica’s spin-out and Series A

Nick Bowden
9 Sep
Retail

The retail crisis is now a landlord crisis

Author Mark Pilkington explains why retail is struggling in cities — and how landlords and retailers could, together, develop a solution.

Vanessa Quirk
5 May
Civic engagement

Collab: A new digital tool for community participation

Sidewalk Labs and Digital Public Square teamed up on a new prototype to help people shape their communities.

Ariel Kennan
5 May
Transportation

Seeing a big future for micromobility

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Horace Dediu of Micromobility Industries on resizing city transportation.

Vanessa Quirk
5 May
Transportation

Four principles for the future of city streets

Cities can leverage design and technology to re-think our streets for pedestrians, bikes, and transit.

Willa Ng
4 Apr
public realm

How can we bring transparency to urban tech? These icons are a first step.

Our “Digital Transparency in the Public Realm” project brought people around the world together to co-create a visual language to demystify the tech in cities.

Jacqueline Lu, Chelsey Colbert and Patrick Keenan
4 Apr

Welcome to the city of lifelong learning

Already on the path to post-industrial recovery, South Bend, Indiana, is preparing for the future of work—and its libraries will play a pivotal role.

Christian Belanger
4 Apr

What makes a public space great?

Our open-source app, CommonSpace, gives park operators and communities a new tool to study that vital question.

Ananta Pandey and Sebastian Soto
3 Mar

Exploring the future of care in urban communities

New research highlights six important trends — and proposes a concept space that could bring them all together.

Alexis Wise
1 Jan
Q&A

How to design a city for waste

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with historian and recycling guru Benjamin Miller on New York City’s “wasteful” past — and potential future.

Vanessa Quirk
11 Nov

An Update on Data Governance for Sidewalk Toronto

We believe Quayside can set a new model for responsible data use in cities — anchored by an independent Civic Data Trust.

Alyssa Harvey Dawson
10 Oct
urban design

From building raincoats to condo manifestos, Partisans is on a mission

The Toronto-based design studio will misbehave — and leave its hometown a better place in the process.

Vanessa Quirk
10 Oct
Podcast

Introducing “City of the Future” — a Podcast from Sidewalk Labs

Each episode explores one idea or innovation that will transform cities.

Eric Jaffe and Vanessa Quirk
10 Oct
Blog Post

The macro impact of micro-climates

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Goncalo Pedro about shaping our buildings and public spaces to make a more comfortable public realm.

Vanessa Quirk
9 Sep
Q&A

Outside the box truck: Innovations in delivery that could change our cities

In this Sidewalk Talk Q&A, researcher Anne Goodchild explains how simple ideas like lockers and cargo bikes could make our neighborhoods more “lovely, green, quiet, and livable.”

Vanessa Quirk
9 Sep
public space

Something to talk about: Why playful public spaces inspire serious connection

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with designers Mouna Andraos, Rebecca Taylor, and Pierre Thirion of Daily tous les jours.

Vanessa Quirk
9 Sep
Q&A

Tackling the Opioid Crisis, One Sewage Sample at a Time

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Newsha Ghaeli of the wastewater epidemiology startup Biobot Analytics.

Eric Jaffe
8 Aug
Features

Bringing Up Baby … Downtown

To keep families, more North American cities are turning to a suite of planning and design innovations, from play space to stroller ramps to adventure parks.

Amy Crawford
7 Jul
Self Driving Cars

Expectations, Uncertainties, and Policy Choices for Self-Driving Cities

A guide to where things stand on this most promising — but highly uncertain — technology.

Rohit T. Aggarwala
7 Jul
parks

Why Europe’s parks and playgrounds are so much more active than America’s

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Meghan Talarowski of Studio Ludo on the keys to more playable cities.

Eric Jaffe
7 Jul