Imagining the Future of Community Health

During the summer and fall of 2018, an interdisciplinary team of researchers, strategists, and designers at Idea Couture partnered with Sidewalk Labs to imagine how an innovative community space focused on health and well-being could best serve the diverse needs of Toronto’s future residents, employees, and surrounding communities.

The project combined multiple streams of research, co-creation, and synthesis. Our team spent time in the homes and communities of Toronto residents, conducted environmental scan research to understand how cities might evolve in the future, and held a multidisciplinary workshop with local community leaders to understand their vision for holistic community wellbeing. This work culminated in a concept for a future community space—dubbed the Care Collective—that blurs the boundaries between health, well-being, and social cohesion. This potential future was brought to life via a series of stories and speculative images, in partnership with KPMB Architects.


Key Project Stats:

  • Conducted baseline research and future-focused horizon scan, identifying 7 drivers and more than 140 signals of change

  • Conducted interviews and immersions with 20 residents and service providers from across the city

  • Developed 90+ ideas with over 20 community partners at a day-long co-creation session

  • Imagined 6 future spaces that could make up a health-focused community space


Executive Summary written by Alexis Wise, Director of Health and Human Services at Sidewalk Labs

Full Report: Living Well on the Waterfront

Completed: 2018

Team: Amal Abuzgaya, Laura Dempsey, Christina Doyle, Anita Lin, Cameron Murray, Pedro Marroquin, Luis, Xicotencatl, Emily Empel, Mathew Lincez