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Sidewalk Toronto: ¿Las ciudades inteligentes son el futuro del desarrollo urbanístico?

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The case describes Sidewalk Toronto project. It was a project first initiated by Waterfront Toronto in 2017 by issuing the request for proposal (RFP) on development of the Quayside area. Sidewalk Labs, which is a subsidiary company of Alphabet Inc. and a sister company of Google, won the bid in 2017. The Master Innovation Development Plan (MIDP) was created in 2019 through conversations with over 21,000 Torontonians and aimed to be an innovative reinvention of Toronto's neglected eastern downtown waterfront. Sidewalk Toronto had planned to utilize technology to create a smart urban area that improves the quality of life of its residents, also using it as a testing ground for future urban design projects and technology. However, the high-tech plan drew criticism, mainly over data privacy issues regarding the robust data collection in the proposed community.
Bibliographic citation: PEIRET, C., BERRONE, P., RICART, J. (2020). Sidewalk Toronto: ¿Las ciudades inteligentes son el futuro del desarrollo urbanístico? IESE, SM-1696.
Date: 01/10/2020
Author(s): Clara Peiret; Pascual Berrone; Joan Enric Ricart
Document type: Case
Department: Strategic Management
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Languages: Spanish / English
Year of the events: 2018, 2019