BIG presents a sustainable living laboratory town in Japan for Toyota at CES

January 9, 2020 by  
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As part of CES 2020, Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled exciting designs for its first project in Japan — the Toyota Woven City, a sustainable “living laboratory” at the foothills of Mt. Fuji. Created in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation, the project will be the world’s first urban incubator dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of mobility with a focus on sustainability, from renewable energies to shared mobility. The futuristic prototype town will also be notable for its inclusion of Japanese craftsmanship, which will inform the design of the architecture built with mass timber construction. Located at a 175-acre former factory site in the city of Susono in Shizuoka, Toyota Woven City will provide a testing grounds for a futuristic smart city powered by Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell technology. “Today the typical is mess — with everything and nothing happening everywhere,” said Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director of BIG. “With the Woven City, we peel apart and then weave back together the three components of a typical road into a new urban fabric: a street optimized for automated vehicles, a promenade for micro-mobility and a linear park for pedestrians. The resulting pattern of porous 3-by-3 city blocks creates a multitude of different eco-niches for social life, culture and commerce.” Related: Toyota is testing a new Prius model that runs on solar power The Woven City’s flexible network of streets will cater to multi-modal transit and emphasize pedestrian-friendly connections. Roads will fall into three categories. The first is the primary street for fast-moving, autonomous vehicles, such as the self-driving Toyota e-Palette, with logistical traffic underneath. Then, there will be a recreational promenade open to pedestrians and low-speed, micro-mobility types such as bicycles, scooters and Toyota’s i-Walk. Finally, the project includes linear parks, or pedestrian-only pathways that serve as ecological corridors. The three street types will be woven into 3-by-3 city blocks, each framing a courtyard connected to a promenade or linear park. Mass timber construction built with robotic fabrication technology will be used for all of Woven City’s architecture, which will comprise a mix of housing, retail and business. The timber buildings will be topped with photovoltaic panels and punctuated with large windows to let in natural light and frame views of Mt. Fuji. Robotics and new innovative technology will also be woven into all parts of daily life, from sensor-based AI technology that helps with automatic grocery deliveries and trash disposal to robotic construction facilities housed in Toyota’s R&D spaces. The Toyota Woven City is expected to break ground in phases beginning in 2021. + BIG Images by Squint Opera and BIG

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Financing a new, climate-friendly metropolis

September 7, 2018 by  
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Will smart city projects with longer-term benefits weaken credit ratings?

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Episode 114: Talking smart cities, Tyson’s meaty agenda, GM’s waste ‘MacGyver’

March 2, 2018 by  
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In this week’s episode, we talk water stewardship, science-based targets and what makes a smart city. And more.

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Green jobs are alive and well, and these 6 companies prove it

March 2, 2018 by  
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From Amazon to Unilever, here’s a sampler of high-profile brands building out sustainability career opportunities.

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Bill Gates buys a huge chunk of land in Arizona to create a ‘smart city’

November 13, 2017 by  
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Bill Gates  is purchasing 25,000 acres of land in the West Valley area of Arizona, 45 minutes west of Phoenix, with the intent of building a high-tech “smart city” named Belmont. “Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs,” said Belmont Partners, the real estate firm involved in the purchase, in a press statement. The purchase, made by an investment firm run by Gates, cost $80 million and will be developed along the proposed freeway I-11, which would connect Belmont to Las Vegas and other major hubs of the region. Although Gates has given the project a new boost of funding and publicity, the planned community of Belmont, Arizona has been in the works since the 1990s. Although the housing crash put a damper on the city’s development, the regional real estate market has since recovered. The city also is banking on the parallel development of I-11, a proposed interstate highway that would run through Belmont to Las Vegas. The first section of I-11, near Boulder City, Arizona, was opened in August 2017. Related: Bill Gates launches $1 billion clean energy fund to fight climate change 3,800 acres of the proposed community will be used for office, retail and commercial space while an additional 470 acres will be set aside for public schools . The remaining space is enough land for 80,000 residential units. “Comparable in square miles and projected population to Tempe, Arizona, Belmont will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model,” said Belmont Properties in a statement. When completed, Belmont will join Arcosanti , an ecologically-inspired experimental town to the north of Phoenix, as one of the region’s most high-profile planned communities. Via Popular Mechanics and The Republic Images via Gisela Giardino/Flickr and  Depositphotos

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Episode 23: Singapore’s smart nation push; Reporting goes high tech

April 1, 2016 by  
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This week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: A shift toward real-time corporate sustainability data, how Singapore plans to get ahead on smart city tech, and a wave of apps for urban resilience.

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Will some states be left out of clean energy’s economic boost?

April 1, 2016 by  
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As clean energy development becomes an economic driver, those states that eschew renewables could be left behind.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How smart cities are creating a greener future

December 3, 2015 by  
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Advances in technology are quickly paving the way for smart cities. A smart city is an urban center that harnesses technologies, such as IT, to improve the quality of life of residents, manage available resources such as roads and water in economically sustainable manner, and reduce environmental pollution . According to figures published by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), smart city technologies will grow to an industry worth $27.5 billion by 2023. In addition, the world will be home to about 88 smart cities by 2025. To learn more about smart cities of the future and how big data will play a role in improving the efficiency and sustainability of urban living, checkout the infographic below created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Online Masters in Computer Science program . Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How smart cities are creating a greener future

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With new readiness guide, city leaders get smart

December 11, 2013 by  
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A smart city future requires a holistic approach focused on the economy, environment and quality of life. 

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Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You

October 15, 2013 by  
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What will the smart city of tomorrow look like? Sagentia just launched a new infographic that details some of the cutting-edge technologies that will make cities more efficient, healthy, and enjoyable places to live. From innovative power solutions like photovoltaics and kinetic energy harvesting to smart transportation and agriculture, read on for a glimpse of the future of urban design. Read the rest of Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , clean tech , green design , infographic , renewable energy , sagentia , smart city , sustainable design , sustainable living , Urban design , welcome to energy harvesting        

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