Save the date! Join Sidewalk Labs on Saturday, June 29 at 307 for Sidewalk Summer Open House
It’s finally here! After 18 months of consultation with over 21,000 Torontonians, we are excited to invite the public to view our draft Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP), titled Toronto Tomorrow: A New Approach for Inclusive Growth. Toronto Tomorrow. The proposal looks at creating the neighbourhood of the future where we can shorten commute times for families, make housing more affordable and create a new standard for a healthier planet.
At Sidewalk Summer Open House, meet with our staff who can walk you through our ideas, explore a full-scale prototype of the ground floor of a building made of timber, and view a large-scale of Quayside through dozens of animated vignettes that are embedded within the parks, streets, and buildings.
Prototypes at 307
Quayside Model: At 307, we built a large-scale model of Quayside that shows how the many proposed innovations could come together to build an extraordinary place for all Torontonians. Designed with Montreal based design firm Daily Tous Les Jours, this multimedia art installation tells the story of Quayside through dozens of animated vignettes that are embedded within the parks, streets, and buildings.
Tall Timber and Stoa: Sidewalk Labs proposes that all buildings in Quayside be built from mass timber, an emerging building material every bit as strong and fire-resistant as concrete and steel, but far more environmentally sustainable and easier to manufacture. At 307, we’ve created a ground floor prototype of a 10-story building made from timber. Our focus on timber serves to bring a biophilic, nature focused lens to urban life; one that emphasizes a more sustainable, and visually beautiful building material. At Quayside, our plan is to devote the ground floors of buildings to a 21st-century stoa structure — a flexible core and shell system that opens to the street and adapts to the ever-changing needs of the community.
Read our MIDP: Alongside large-scale panels explaining key concepts in Toronto Tomorrow, 307 will have several physical copies for the public to read.
This is an open house and self-guided exploration of the 307 space and new exhibits and prototypes. Opening remarks will be made at 1PM. Otherwise, folks should feel free to come and explore at their leisure. Expected average time spent per guest is 1-2 hours.
12pm: Sidewalk Summer Open House
1pm: Welcome remarks from Sidewalk Labs staff
6pm: Sidewalk Summer Open House ends
Sidewalk Labs staff will be available to chat with you and answer questions, and you are welcome to hang out in our garden outside. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase, with gluten-free and vegetarian options.
What is 307?
We’ve transformed an old fish processing plant and parking lot into an experimental work space — 307 is where Sidewalk Labs works every day in Toronto and is open to the public every weekend. Inside and outside, we’re exploring some of the ideas that could become part of this future neighbourhood and establishing an open venue for community collaboration. We’re excited to co-create and share our explorations with you as the Sidewalk Toronto project evolves.
Who Is Invited?
You! And anyone else you know who is interested in the past and future of Toronto. Let us know you’ll be there by clicking the RSVP button right here on this page.
Getting to 307
307 is located at 307 Lake Shore Boulevard East (at the base of Queens Quay East and Parliament Street). There are a number of options for getting here:
- Bike Share: We’re thrilled to offer the first Bike Share Toronto station on Quayside, located at Parliament and Lake Shore Boulevard East.
- Cycling: There is limited bike parking onsite at 307. There is additional bike parking is available at 333 Lake Shore Boulevard East.
- Bus: 307 is accessible by TTC on the 72B Pape.
- Wheel-trans: A designated drop-off/pick-up point can be found on the east side of Small Street, between Parliament Street and Lakeshore Boulevard East. An orange path will lead from the drop off point to the main entrance.
- Parking: Pay parking is available at 333 Lakeshore Boulevard East (enter from Parliament Street).
Accessibility at 307
Site and select washrooms are wheelchair accessible. ASL-English interpretation will be available for this event. Find out more about accessibility at 307 with our PDF guide here (screen reader version here). Please reach out to our team at [email protected] should you have any questions about accessibility.