Google wants to build a city:
Amazon is looking for a town for its new headquarters. Boring! Google is looking to construct a city.
Google’s parent firm was working on a sweeping strategy to construct a town from the bottom up, the executive responsible for its urban innovation business said on Tuesday, in an attempt to prove that a technologically-enabled urban environment can enhance wellbeing and decrease cities’ influence on the environment.
…”We actually want to build a new city, it is a district of town, but one which is of adequate scale and size that it may be a laboratory for innovation within an integrated basis,” said Dan Doctoroff, head of Sidewalk Labs, at a talk to the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association.
Sidewalk has been “quite far along” in its search for a city with which to associate to construct a testing ground for new approaches to transportation, infrastructure and possibly even social and governance policy, he explained.