January 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Centre of Excellence
2275 Bayview Ave
Are smart cities chaotic concepts that serve only a dystopian future in which citizens are reduced to data repositories for private capital or they harbingers of efficiency and functionality enabling planning to become a flexible system that can respond in real time to real problems? How can we work together to reach the true potential that our cities hold? Who needs to be consulted and how do we take the changing global context into account when planning the smart cities of today? These are just some of the questions we hope to pose to our panel of smart cities experts.


At the Glendon Global Debate we will bring in experts from various backgrounds, both professionally and academically, involved in thinking about as well as creating and developing smart cities across the world as well as in our own city of Toronto. The Canary, The Portlands and The Quayside districts in Toronto’s South End are rapidly changing and developing into the latest remakes of the smart city. With companies such as Google and Sidewalk Labs working together to create the ultimate tech neighbourhood, we ask what are the long-term effects of this development? Who wins and who loses?