Danish star architect to design city of the future

Danish architecture studio BIG is designing a "prototype city of the future" with wooden buildings and autonomous vehicles for Japanese car company Toyota near Mount Fuji in Japan.

Woven City is a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells to be built at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, on the site of a former car-factory.

This “living laboratory” will include 2,000 full time residents and researchers who will test and develop technologies such as autonomous vehicles, robotics, personal mobility and smart homes, in a real-world environment.

The design was revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

“With people, buildings and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors, we will be able to test connected AI technology, in both the virtual and physical realms, maximising its potential”

- Akio Toyoda, president of the Toyota Motor Corporation

AI to check resident’s health

The development will contain research and development spaces for Toyota to develop robotic construction, 3D printing and mobility designs.

Alongside Toyota's facilities there will be housing for employees, their families, scientists and retirees. The residential buildings will contain in-home robotics to take care of basic needs and enhance daily life and sensors connected to AI to check resident’s health.

The community will be powered by a combination of solar energy, geothermal energy and hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

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A prototype for redeveloping existing cities

The 70-hectare development in the city of Susono will be designed by Danish architecture studio BIG – it will be the studio's first project in Japan and is set to start on site in 2021.

BIG founder Bjarke Ingels hopes that the development can be a prototype for how to redevelop existing cities.

As a replicable framework, Woven City can serve both as a prototype for future cities and as a retrofit to current cities. By simply 'reprogramming' existing streets, we can begin to reset the balance between people, mobility, and nature in cities as diverse as Tokyo or New York, Copenhagen or Barcelona

- Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG

BIG architecture studio is currently working with Heatherwick Studio to create a headquarters for Google in California and last year unveiled a design for floating villages that can withstand hurricanes.

BIG Architects winning ground-breaking sustainable design projects such as Woven City, the world’s first test city for AI technologies running on sustainable energy sources, is a testament to Danish know how and expertise in sustainable urban development

- Anette Steenberg, Investment Promotion Director, Copenhagen Capacity

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