Tomorrow’s Connected Communities: ICT Strategies and Opportunities

Connected Urban Development Global Conference 2008
Bill Hutchison Chair, i-Waterfront Advisory Council Executive Director, Intelligent Communities Waterfront Toronto bhutchison@waterfrontoronto.ca www.waterfrontoronto.ca

San Francisco February 21 2008

Waterfront Toronto

Established 2001 Three levels of government Mandate to lead and oversee all aspects of revitalization

World’s Largest Urban Revitalization Initiative

Context for Revitalization: • Revitalization vs. Redevelopment • Goals: Sustainable Economic and Social Development • Blending Business Capital and Human Capital

Overall Scope
• $17 billion
– $4 billion public sector – $13 billion private investment

Four Districts
– Exhibition Place/Ontario Place – East Bayfront – West Don Lands – Port Lands

• • • •

200 hectares of parks and public spaces Major Film Studio 40,000 residential units: +100,000 residents Ten million square feet of employment space

Context for Revitalization
Revitalization vs. redevelopment Public Policy Agenda:
– Reduce urban sprawl – Develop sustainable communities – Build more affordable housing – Create more parks and public spaces – Expand public transit – Increase economic competitiveness

Fundamental Principles
Public Accessibility Sustainable Development Design Excellence Economic Prosperity Fiscal Sustainability

Sustainability
• Leading edge technology and innovation – Mixed use/local services – Transit – Parks & Open Spaces – Green Building Requirements – District Energy – Intelligent Communities • Market Transformation • Sustainability Framework/Swedish Audit

Vision – Overall Scope

Lake Ontario Park

Waterfront Neighbourhoods

West Don Lands

East Bayfront Port Lands
Lower Don Lands

Central Waterfront Promenade

• International design competition • Bathurst to Parliament • Continuous public access • Transform Queens Quay into iconic boulevard

West Don Lands & East Bayfront
• 130 acres of parks and public spaces - 25% of precinct • 12,000 residential housing units, including 2,400 social • 3, 000,000 sq ft commercial • Elementary School(s) • Recreation and childcare centres • Community Wellness Centre • Transit, bikeways & pedestrian connections

Strategy for Sustainable Economic & Social Development: Create a new Intelligent Community; “i-Waterfront” • Proven over 20 years to facilitate economic and development • Ensures Business Innovation AND Social Innovation • Key to success = i-waterfront*Net (low-cost gigabit broadband intelligent communications infrastructure: FTTH and ubiquitous wireless

Green Building Specifications
• • • • • • Experienced Team Integrated Design Process LEED Gold Certification Minimum Energy Use Green Roofs District Energy

District Energy
• District Energy system in the West Don Lands and East Bayfront • District Energy provides heating and cooling to a community of buildings from one central plant • Reduces costs of new buildings, lowers air emissions, improves air quality, consistent with corporation’s sustainability goals

Transit

• Transit first approach; within 5 minute walk of all residences • EA underway • Construction scheduled to start 2008; service operational in 2009

i-waterfront*net: Open Access Architecture

Residents Businesses Institutions Content and services

Ultra broadband Infrastructure

Content and service providers

Digital Media Business
• Focus on new digital media companies as part of employment strategy • Filmport, Corus Entertainment are new anchors in the precinct

The Key Elements in Implementing i-Waterfront
• Community collaboration:
– Define the vision – Create the roadmap

• Economic development, marketing and inbound investment:
– Building the i-Waterfront plan into the economic development and job creation plans

• Leadership:
– Education of the WATERFRONToronto Board of Directors – Create and use of the i-Waterfront Advisory Council – Create focused subcommittees of the Advisory Council to lead the e-application strategies – Create international expert panel on broadband infrastructure

Other Global Intelligent Communities*
As selected by the Intelligent Community Forum, “ICF”…..a Global Think Tank based in New York

Taipei, Waterloo, Glasgow, Sunderland, Mitaka, Singapore, Tianjin, Seoul, Vasteras ……… and many more

The Winning Characteristics : Community leadership, collaboration, digital democracy, marketing, sustainability, advanced broadband infrastructure

In Closing
• Ultra broadband infrastructure provides the foundation and the first step • The e-applications generate usage social prosperity and sustainable economic development.

www.WATERFRONToronto.ca

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