23 Jan ‘City of the Future’ Near Japan’s Fujiyama created
If any star architect and architecture firms was asked to create a city for the future, one name could be on the short list of anyone and its a Danish Architect. Note that the Danish-born architect has paired a waste to power station in the last five years that releases no pollutants with a man-made ski slope in Copenhagen, while building a head that turns private residence in Latin America. So it did make sense that when Toyota— the biggest car manufacturer in the world— envisaged who could build a revolutionary city to test their autonomous cars on a full-time community of citizens living there, they turned to Bjarke Ingels.
Today at CES in Las Vegas it was announced that Toyota has partnered with Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to stitch together and the interface of driverless vehicles, various new street designs and state-of – the-art delivery systems and test the results on 2,000 people (such as Toyota workers and their families) in real time. In other words, BIG will be creating a society that we all hurtle into, at even on a smaller scale. The location for the launch couldn’t have been more suitable: CES is the annual event where tech fans and the general public discover what’s next in slicing-edge technology
About 1 hour’s drive from Tokyo, at the base of Mount Fuji, Dubbed Woven City will be the location of a 175-acre plant (once home to a factory). “Imagine a intelligent city, where researchers, engineers and scientists can openly check innovations such as autonomy, mobility as a service, personal mobility, robot technology, smart home technology, IA, and much more, in real time,” said Akio Toyoda, Chief Executive Officer of Toyota in a statement. “This is a rare opportunity to build from the ground up a whole city or’ Community’ and to create a connected, interactive, sustainable infrastructure for the future.” . “What’s more, the entire city will be powered by solar energy, geothermal energy and the company’s hydrogen fuel cell technology The roads, for example, will look different from any other road in the world. BIG has deconstructed the conventional road into three distinct forms instead of one street for cars and one sidewalk next to it for pedestrians.
In a declaration, A quicker, autonomous vehicle would take one of the three streets. One, the walk, is for those who want to ride by bicycle, scooter or other ways. The third kind of road will be a pedestrian path. The area will consist of flowers and trees that will split the grid of other parts of the town.
One of the biggest breakthroughs in this cycle was that embracing the city of the future does not have to look futuristic, but it has to be the opposite.
Within, state-of – the-art technology (such as in-home robotics) will be used to conduct daily tasks like automated distribution of food, laundry collections and waste disposal.
Automobiles sparked a transportation movement a century ago which made the world more interconnected. The consolation is that those same companies (Toyota was founded in 1937) can inaugurate the next wave of connection— but this time in a more environmentally friendly way. Woven City, that is forced to break ground in 2021, seems to be a move in the right direction.