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Bill Hutchison - Waterfront Toronto - Tomorrow's Connected Communities: ICT Strategies & Opportunities


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  • 1. 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 San Francisco February 21 2008
  • 2. Waterfront Toronto Established 2001 Three levels of government Mandate to lead and oversee all aspects of revitalization
  • 3. World’s Largest Urban Revitalization Initiative Context for Revitalization: • Revitalization vs. Redevelopment • Goals: Sustainable Economic and Social Development • Blending Business Capital and Human Capital
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Fundamental Principles Public Accessibility Sustainable Development Design Excellence Economic Prosperity Fiscal Sustainability
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Vision – Overall Scope
  • 9. Lake Ontario Park
  • 10. Waterfront Neighbourhoods West Don Lands East Bayfront Port Lands Lower Don Lands
  • 11. Central Waterfront Promenade • International design competition • Bathurst to Parliament • Continuous public access • Transform Queens Quay into iconic boulevard
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. Green Building Specifications • Experienced Team • Integrated Design Process • LEED Gold Certification • Minimum Energy Use • Green Roofs • District Energy
  • 15. 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
  • 16. Transit • Transit first approach; within 5 minute walk of all residences • EA underway • Construction scheduled to start 2008; service operational in 2009
  • 17. i-waterfront*net: Open Access Architecture Residents Ultra Content and Businesses Content and services broadband service Institutions Infrastructure providers
  • 18. Digital Media Business • Focus on new digital media companies as part of employment strategy • Filmport, Corus Entertainment are new anchors in the precinct
  • 19. 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
  • 20. 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
  • 21. In Closing • Ultra broadband infrastructure provides the foundation and the first step • The e-applications generate usage social prosperity and sustainable economic development.
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