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Open Sidewalk #4: Winter Warmer

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307 Lake Shore Boulevard East

Toronto, ON M5A 1C1

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Save the date! Join Sidewalk Labs on Saturday, March 2 at 307 for Open Sidewalk: Winter Warmer.

It’s cold. The weather plays a big role in determining how much time we spend outdoors. While the seasons drive the character of how we live in Toronto - trips to the island during the summer or pumpkin parades in the fall - it is not secret that outdoor activity is concentrated in the six-month period from April through October when the weather is pleasant.

At this Open Sidewalk event, we share some of our ideas and prototypes to making outdoor public space the social default year-round.


Prototypes at 307

Building Raincoat is an adjustable awning that extends outward from the building's edge to protect the sidewalk from rain, wind and sun. It is attached to one side of the building and anchors into the street pavers below. We have used a building material that is called ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene), a durable, highly transparent, lightweight plastic film. The building Raincoat is designed by Toronto architects PARTISANS, reknowned for their design of beloved Bar Raval, and environmental engineers RWDI.

Hexagonal paving system delivers four key features: modularity, heating, lighting and permeability. Individual precast concrete slabs are easy to pick up and replace—eliminating disruptions from street work and helping the streetscape adapt as new technologies emerge or new community needs arise. Pavement heating clears snow and ice, eliminating the need for plowing and salting, improving safety, facilitating all-season use, and minimizing ecological damage. LED lights help signal changes in street use, making it easier to control traffic flows or direct people to take over street space for public uses, such as pop-up markets or temporary road closures. Permeable pavement and other green street features like bioswales absorb stormwater or melted snow—guiding it to underground stormwater management systems.

Art brings people together and helps communicate across languages. At this event, we will showcase a series of participatory lighting and projection mapping pieces, presentations, workshops and temporary public art installations brought to life by our Curator-in-Residence, Melanie Wilmink. These works enliven our space and operate alongside our explorations to prompt public discussion about the role of art within urban infrastructure. Featured artists and their works include, Nicole Clouston’s “Lake Ontario Mud,” Michael Palumbo’s “Recursive Writing,” Haru Hyunkyung Ji & Graham Wakefield’s “Conservation of Shadows.” The day will also include participatory drawing sessions with Jason Logan of the Toronto Ink Company. These works will then be morphed by mixed-media artist Ilze Briede [Kavi], and projected onto the building Raincoat on the exterior of 307.

Numina is a civic technology startup using computer vision sensors to make cities more responsive, so they are safer, healthier, and more equitable. Numina works with communities like St. Louis, Jacksonville, Downtown Brooklyn, and the Netherlands' oldest city, Nijmegen. Their solution is best known for supporting street safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and their projects have been supported by the likes of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Clinton Foundation. Numina de-identifies data at the source, differentiating each type of object within its sensor's field of view into broad categories such as "pedestrian," "cyclist," "bus," "truck," etc. From its inception, Numina has committed to never collect any personal information and to provide intelligence without surveillance. We are piloting Numina to help us measure how people use the street prototypes at 307 and help us better plan and design future exhibits.

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.

  • 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 (find screen reader version here). Please reach out to our team at 307@sidewalktoronto.ca should you have any questions about accessibility.

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