Every Step You Take, I’ll Be Watching You

Every Step You Take, I’ll Be Watching You

Sidewalk Labs, a unit of Alphabet, has partnered with a government agency to modernize part of the waterfront area in Toronto.

Heated streets, driverless shuttles, pavements with sensors, and robotic waste-sorting systems are part of this “city of the future.” Although the project promises to improve people’s quality of life, concerns about data ownership and privacy protection have yet to be addressed.


Video Spotlight: Introducing Sidewalk Toronto


This post is based on the Chicago Tribune article, Google’s proposed first urban development raises data concerns, by R. Gillies, October 3, 2018; the Digital Journal post, Mixed Reactions to Toronto’s waterfront becoming a “digital city”, by T. Sandle, May 28, 2018; and the YouTube video, Introducing Sidewalk Toronto, by Sidewalk Toronto, October 17, 2017. Image source: Shutterstock / Markus Mainka.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the potential benefits of this project to the city of Toronto?

Guidance: Discussion topics could include gentrification of a rundown area, prestige and economic potential of being an innovator and a model city for future urban developments, offering residents state-of-the art technology in many aspects of everyday life, and capitalizing financially on innovations derived from this project.

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New Rangers Stadium Raises the Roof

New Rangers Stadium Raises the Roof

October 7, 2018

The new Texas Rangers baseball stadium, set to open in 2020, has been designed to create an outdoor experience even when the retractable roof is closed.

Fans will feel closer to the field and have fewer sight line obstructions.  The park is designed to give fans a more intimate experience.


Video Spotlight: New renderings of Globe Life Field in Arlington


This post is based on the Dallas News article, Rangers fans will be much closer to field when new Globe Life Field opens in 2020, by Loyd Brumfield, September 18, 2018; and the YouTube video, New renderings of Globe Life Field in Arlington, by The Dallas Morning News, September 21, 2017. Image source: David Lee/Shutterstock.

Discussion Questions:

1. Based on the video spotlight, describe how the facility layout creates a positive servicescape.

Guidance: Students should review the elements of a servicescape.  Ask the students to list the elements of the servicescape and how the new stadium design satisfies each element.

2. What are other facility design components that should be addressed to create a more intimate experience for the fans?

Guidance: Students should review service design and facility layout concepts.  This Continue reading

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