Greetings everyone. Things worldwide have really changed in some striking, even drastic, ways lately. At least that has been what I have witnessed. With that in mind, I hope everyone out in the geodesignhub community is doing well and thriving in the new world that seems to be emerging.
As many sudden and contrasting events and patterns have been happening in cultural, social, political and other spheres, I am trying to take a ‘long view’ on things. From this perspective, I noticed some news reports that I think are related to what we do. However, I don’t know anyone better to discuss them with than fellow geodesign professionals or those passionate about the same.
For this reason, I started this topic: to have a place to talk and think about the generalized landscape of geodesign practice. Not knowing if this is even a good idea or not, I just wanted to kick it off with a question: has anyone in our community been following the recent events regarding the Toronto Quayside project? I find it to be a fascinating case study of the promise and pitfalls of smart city development. Much of what has been recounted to me about the history and the development of that project seems to contain important lessons. Maybe someone else in the geodesignhub community does too. I am also a bit far from Canada; if you’re closer to the city than I am, geographically or otherwise, I’d be particularly interested in your opinions.
If you don’t know about this project there is a Globe and Mail article with some information about it here.