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BIG partners with Toyota to unveil Toyota Woven City

It will be the world’s first urban incubator dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of mobility.


By David Malone, Associate Editor | January 8, 2020
Woven City aerial at night

All renderings courtesy BIG

The foothills of Mount Fuji are about to become the home to Toyota Woven City, a living laboratory for testing and advancing mobility, autonomy, connectivity, hydrogen-powered infrastructure, and industry collaboration.

Toyota Woven City, designed via a partnership between BIG and Toyota, is located at a 175-acre former factory site in the city of Susono in Shizuoka. It will use solar energy, geothermal energy, and hydrogen fuel cell technology to strive towards a carbon neutral society. The city is conceived as a flexible network of streets dedicated to various speeds of mobility for safer, pedestrian-friendly connections. There will be three separate street types for different modes of mobility.

 

Woven City street

 

The first is the primary street, which will be optimized for faster autonomous vehicles with logistical traffic underneath. The Toyota e-Palette will be used for shared transportation and delivery services. The second street type is the recreational promenade, which will be occupied by micro-mobility types such as bicycles, scooters, and other modes of personal transport. This shared street will allow residents to freely walk at a reduced speed with increasing amounts of nature and space. The final street type is the linear park, a path dedicated to pedestrians, flora, and fauna. These intimate trails will provide a safe environment for leisurely strolls and nature breaks through the ecological corridor that connects Mount Fuji to the Susono Valley.

 

Woven City pedestrian area

 

“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.” said Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Director, BIG, in a release. “The Woven City is designed to allow technology to strengthen the public realm as a meeting place and to use connectivity to power human connectivity.”

 

See Also: BIG unveils Downtown Brooklyn Public Realm vision

 

The three different street types will be woven into 3x3 city blocks, with each one framing a courtyard accessible via the promenade or linear park. The urban fabric expands and contracts to accommodate a variety of scales, programs, and outdoor areas, such as large plazas or central parks. The city’s infrastructure, including hydrogen power, stormwater filtration, and a goods delivery network known as the matternet, will be hidden underground.

 

Woven City park space

 

All of the buildings in the Woven City will be built with mass timber and include photovoltaic panels on the roofs. The construction process will combine Japanese craftsmanship and the tatami module with robotic fabrication technology. Each city block will be characterized by a variety of housing, retail, and business to create neighborhoods that are active at all times of the day. R&D spaces will house robotic construction, 3D printing, and mobility labs while offices will be flexible and accommodate workstations, lounges, and indoor gardens. Residences will be used to test technology such as in-home robotics and be equipped with sensor-based AI technology to perform functions like automatic grocery deliveries, laundry pick-ups, or trash disposal.

 

Woven City residential

 

Toyota Woven City is BIG’s first project in Japan and will break ground in phases beginning in 2021.

 

Toyota R&D in Woven City

 

Woven City interior residential

 

Woven City block layout

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