Sidewalk Labs is currently testing out the concept of building raincoats for the smart city in Toronto. Debuted earlier this month, the prototype collection boasts ideas from various firms — including Toronto-based Partisans who collaborated with "Canadian environmental engineering company RWDI and Italian firm Maffeis Engineering."
The idea of building raincoats stems from the search for a viable solution for Toronto's harsh weather. As winters can get pretty cold and the climate is generally quite windy — especially in areas like the Harbour Waterfront where Toronto's smart city is planned, this seems like a worthwhile endeavor.
In addition, the building raincoat prototypes offer the opportunity for customization, adding a unique quality to each design through awe-inspiring shapes, as well as a canvas for interactive artistic projections and installations.
Photo Credits: David Pike