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City of the Future

27 EpisodesProduced by Sidewalk LabsWebsite

We explore the innovations and ideas that will transform our cities.

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Episode 20: The ”S” in ESG

December 14th, 2021


E-S-G. If you haven’t heard that term before, it stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance. It’s a framework that investors use to help them decide whether or not to put money into a company. Over the last 20 …

Episode 19: Next-Gen Manufacturing

December 10th, 2021


In the early 20th century, many U.S. factories were located in urban cores, where workers could easily access their jobs. But the benefit of …

Episode 18: Innovation Ecosystems 2.0

December 3rd, 2021


Innovation ecosystems — places where companies and anchor institutions cluster and connect with startups, incubators, and smaller accelerators — are …

Episode 17: Wealth Beyond Ownership

November 19th, 2021


Cities throughout the U.S. (and around the world) are struggling with the many issues that come with neighborhood growth and displacement. But what if, instead of being negatively impacted by development, residents …

Episode 16: From Owing to Owning

November 12th, 2021


Cities across the U.S. are suffering from dire housing crises. Housing supply is low, and prices are high — in some cities, sky high. And wages and income aren't keeping up. Many struggle to make rent, let alone save …

BONUS: Development 101

November 5th, 2021


The process of real estate development is critical to urban life. Without it, we’d have no homes, no stores, no community centers. But development isn’t working for everyone. All too often, new projects advance without …

Flexible Streets

December 4th, 2020


The pandemic has forced us to reexamine and reimagine how we use one of our most precious public spaces: our streets. From outdoor dining to expanded bike lanes, cities have been re-designing streets so they can be …

Factory-based Construction

November 20th, 2020


For about a century, architects and developers have dreamed of the promise of factory-based construction — after all, if Henry Ford revolutionized …

Remote Work

October 30th, 2020


In an era of remote work, when people can work from anywhere, where will they choose to live? And what can cities do to set themselves apart from the …

Generative Design

October 16th, 2020


Generative design is the process of automatically producing thousands of designs based on goals and constraints you feed into a computer. In this …

Energy-Efficient Buildings

October 2nd, 2020


To save our planet, we’ll need to reduce emissions — fast. And if we’re serious about addressing climate change, we’ll need to address one of our biggest carbon emitters: buildings. That doesn’t just go for the new, …

Trailer: City of the Future Season 3!

August 31st, 2020


Hi City of the Future listeners! We've been hard at work behind the scenes, and we're so excited to share a little sneak peek of season three. Stay tuned — and you'll hear more from us in the fall! 

Introducing The Sidewalk Weekly!

March 6th, 2020


Hi, City of the Future listeners! Remember when we asked if anyone would like to listen to a pilot of a new podcast? Well good news — that podcast …

Lend us your ears?

January 27th, 2020


Hi City of the Future listeners! In between seasons, we've been working on a new podcast idea. (Don't worry, CotF isn't going anywhere!) We'd love to know what you think about this potential new show. If you're …

10: Responsive Architecture

November 8th, 2019


In the last century, we started to design our buildings in a way that was divorced from the environment. We made sealed, hermetic structures that …

9: Affordable electrification

October 25th, 2019


For a sustainable future, we need to turn away from fossil fuels and turn towards electricity. But to electrify everything — our cars, our buildings, our entire neighborhoods — we'll need to make some big changes first.

8: Mobility on Demand

October 11th, 2019


Getting around cities today can be challenging. Streets are congested and chaotic, and new modes seem to be popping up daily, adding to the confusion. Cities won't just need physical infrastructure to prepare for these …

7: Stoa

September 27th, 2019


Vacant storefronts have become pervasive on our city streets. How did we get here? And how can we help retailers, and community spaces, thrive? In …

6: Affordability by Design

September 13th, 2019


We're in a housing crisis. Could affordability by design be part of the solution? In this episode hosts Eric Jaffe and Vanessa Quirk look at trends …

BONUS: Dan Doctoroff unpacks our Toronto plan

June 24th, 2019


Today, Sidewalk Labs’ proposal for Toronto, the Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP), will be released to the public. And because a lot of the innovations in the MIDP are episode topics that we’ll be exploring …

Live at the Brooklyn Podcast Festival!

January 25th, 2019


For our first live show, co-host Vanessa Quirk moderates a discussion with some of the familiar voices from season 1: Director of Buildings Innovation Karim Khalifa; Director of Mobility for Streets Willa Ng; and …

5: Closing the Recycling Loop

November 30th, 2018


Simple as it may seem, recycling properly is really hard — and our misguided attempts are actually harming the planet more than helping. But what if …

4: Delivery Robots

November 16th, 2018


Every day, truck drivers are out battling rush hour traffic, maneuvering through narrow city streets, circling for parking, emitting exhaust — all to get you your package as fast as possible. For the sake of our cities, …

3: Adaptive Traffic Lights

November 2nd, 2018


Traffic lights were invented to improve pedestrian safety, but they also created streets that put cars first. But what if traffic lights could …

2: Modular Pavement

October 19th, 2018


In our second episode, we explore how modular pavement — which would allow us to embed technologies into our streets — could transform our cities. We …

1: Mass Timber

October 5th, 2018


In our first episode of City of the Future, our new bi-weekly podcast, we explore how mass timber could transform our cities — by making wooden …

City of the Future - Coming Soon!

March 4th, 2018


City of the Future is a podcast from Sidewalk Labs — coming soon!

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