Toyota hires Google HQ architect to design futuristic timber city

Toyota Timber CityExperimental project will be built by robots

Toyota has revealed plans for a prototype city on a 175-acre site at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan that will be powered by an “ecosystem” of hydrogen fuel cells. Designed by Danish firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), the “fully sustainable” Woven City will feature mostly timber structures with rooftops covered in photovoltaic panels to power hydrogen cells. Toyota reports that full-time residents and researchers will be able to test emergent technology from the “living laboratory” city, including robotics, personal mobility devices, and smart homes. “Building a complete city from the ground up, even on a small scale like this, is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies, including a digital operating system for the city’s infrastructure,” said president Akio Toyoda in a press release. “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 the physical realms … maximizing its potential.”

Read Full Original Article – The Journal of the American Institute of Architects

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DATE: 21st January 2020

AUTHOR: THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS

SUBJECT: TOYOTA UNVEIL DESIGN FOR TIMBER CITY

DETAIL: PROTOTYPE CITY ON A 175-ACRE SITE AT THE FOOT OF MOUNT FUJI

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