Toyota unveils its “city of the future”

Credit: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
Credit: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

An old car factory at the base of Mt Fuji is being transformed into a “city of the future.” Unveiled as the Toyota Woven City, the space is designed as a living laboratory and is set to begin construction in 2021.

Its creators say the city “aims to bring people and communities together in a future enabled by technology yet grounded in history and nature.”

Credit: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Utilising solar, geothermal and hydrogen fuel energy, the Woven City strives towards a carbon-neutral society.

Architects and designers have created a network of streets with varying speeds of mobility for pedestrian-friendly connections.

Credit: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Its designers say they aim to combine traditional Japanese craftsmanship with advanced, sustainable technology. “Japan’s construction heritage lives on, while building sustainable and efficiently into the future.”

With a mix of residential, retail and business spaces, the Woven City hopes to create a vibrant, thriving space for all its inhabitants.

Cutting-edge artificial intelligence will be incorporated throughout every corner of the city, with in-home robotics that can perform automatic grocery deliveries, laundry pick-ups and trash disposal.

Credit: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

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