70 hectares, approximately 708,000 square meters: this is the extension of the area that will house Mt. Fuji, Japan, at the base Woven City. It will be a prototype of a sustainable and highly innovative city, created by Toyota in collaboration with the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels as announced today at the fair CES 2020 in progress in Las Vegas.
Toyota shows Woven City at CES 2020
A real smart city, based on the implementation of advanced technologies, connected and powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The buildings will mostly consist of wood and equipped with photovoltaic panels for the production of energy from the sun. The inauguration is scheduled for the first months of 2021. It will be a "living laboratory", hosting full-time residents and researchers so as to test the efficiency of systems related to the areas of automation, robotics, personal mobility and intelligence artificial. These are the words of Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corporation.
Building a complete city with foundations, even on a small scale like this, is a unique opportunity to develop the technologies of the future, including a digital operating system for the city's infrastructure. With people, buildings and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors, we will be able to test the connected artificial intelligence … both in the virtual and physical world … maximizing its potential.
The intention of the Japanese group is to extend the invitation to take part in the project a business and academic partners all over the world, thus creating a kind of incubator for the development, improvement and testing of new technologies.
Among the architectural works already made by Bjarke Ingels and from its BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) studio also the Two World Trade Center in New York, the Lego House in Denmark and the Google headquarters in Mountain View and in London. This is his comment on the initiative.
A swarm of different technologies is beginning to radically change the way we live and live our cities. Connected, autonomous, emission-free and shared mobility solutions are destined to unleash a world of opportunities for new forms of urban life. With the breadth of technologies and sectors we have been able to access and have collaborated with thanks to the Toyota corporate ecosystem, we believe we have a unique opportunity with Woven City in exploring new forms of urbanity that could open up new avenues for the other cities.