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Toyota just started building a 175-acre smart city at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Photos offer a glimpse of what the 'Woven City' will look like.

The "Woven City" will eventually be home to 2,000 Toyota employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, and scientists, according to the company. Toyota Toyota just started construction on a 175-acre smart city at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The "Woven City" is expected to be a testing ground for technologies like robotics, smart homes, and AI. The first residents will be a group of about 360 inventors, young families, and senior citizens. Visit the Business section of Insi...
Tags: Travel, Google, Transportation, Japan, London, California, New York City, Trends, Bloomberg, Features, Artificial Intelligence, Tokyo, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Panasonic, Las Vegas


2150 launches with $240m fund to reduce the carbon footprint of the world’s growing cities

A new VC fund, “2150“, is launching with the first close of a €200m ($240m) fund which will back technologies aimed largely at reducing the carbon footprint of cities. For example, startups that inject carbon into concrete, or monitor the energy of buildings. The final close is anticipated by mid-2021. The advisory board for 2150 comprises the former chief sustainability officer in the Obama administration and renowned urbanist and academic, Richard Florida. 2150 is based around the idea that ha...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, Obama, Berlin, Tech, Un, Denmark, Bjarke Ingels, Goldman Sachs, Princeton, ESG, Alphabet, Unity


2150 launches with $281M fund to reduce the carbon footprint of the world’s growing cities

A new VC fund, “2150“, is launching with the first close of a €200m ($281m) fund which will back technologies aimed largely at reducing the carbon footprint of cities. For example, startups that inject carbon into concrete, or monitor the energy of buildings. The final close is anticipated by mid-2021. The advisory board for 2150 comprises the former chief sustainability officer in the Obama administration and renowned urbanist and academic, Richard Florida. 2150 is based around the idea that ha...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, Obama, Obama Administration, Berlin, Un, Denmark, Bjarke Ingels, Goldman Sachs, Princeton, ESG, Alphabet


Smithsonian Gives Up On Long-Planned $2 Billion Redesign

“When the Smithsonian introduced a futuristic plan for the 17 acres around its iconic administration building, the National Historic Landmark known as the Castle, officials predicted it would be a game-changer that would remake the structure into a visitor gateway to the storied institution. Six years later, a new Smithsonian administration has jettisoned the eye-popping elements of the $2 billion design by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, opting instead for a dramatically downsized version.” – ...
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Bjarke Ingels, Visual, 01.11.21


Ferry transformed into a 450-ton floating mansion for Danish architect's family

In the latest issue of Architectural Digest (AD) Danish architect Bjarke Ingels recalled that while on a video conference in his family home -- which just happens to be a 450-ton ferry docked in Copenhagen -- the caller asked if he was on a spaceship.
Tags: News, Stories, Bjarke Ingels, Copenhagen, Architectural Digest


Ferry transformed into a 450-ton floating mansion

In the latest issue of Architectural Digest (AD) Danish architect Bjarke Ingels recalled that while on a video conference in his his family home -- which just happens to be a 450-ton ferry docked in Copenhagen -- the caller asked if he was on a spaceship.
Tags: News, Stories, Bjarke Ingels, Copenhagen, Architectural Digest


Inside Bjarke Ingels's Innovative Houseboat

For the Danish starchitect, home is a radically transformed ferryboat in Copenhagen’s harbo
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Ferry transformed into a 450-ton floating mansion for Danish architect's family

Climb aboard Bjarke Ingels' family home -- a 450-ton ferry docked in an old industrial harbor in Copenhagen.
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Climb aboard the 450-ton family home of 'starchitect' Bjarke Ingels

The Danish architect invited Architectural Digest aboard his family home -- a 450-ton ferry docked in an old industrial harbor in Copenhagen.
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Voxel Sofa: Ultimate modular sofa system

World renowned architect Bjarke Ingels’ company BIG has developed the ultimate modular sofa system for Common Seating. Frame was thrilled to be asked to create a film that visualises the minimal elegance as well as the flexible, customisable nature of this furniture piece. The creative concept at the heart of the film derives from the voxel - a three dimensional pixel that represents a value in a three dimensional grid. The voxel forms the core idea behind the design of the so...
Tags: Advertising, Bjarke Ingels, Big, Voxel


The despot dilemma: should architects work for repressive regimes?

Bjarke Ingels is the go-to golden boy for Big Tech – and now Brazil’s Bolsonaro wants a bit of his magic. But should architects boycott oppressive leaders? Do their buildings glorify their ideology? Sun-kissed walkways in the sky, platefuls of seafood ceviche, a private helicopter pickup from the beach – the Instagram account of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has unfolded like an escapist travelogue epic in recent weeks, as his adventures in Latin America have taken their place in his dizzying g...
Tags: Climate Change, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, World Cup 2022, Brazil, Bjarke Ingels, Zaha Hadid, Latin America, Tulum, North East Coast, Ingels, Jair Bolsonaro


Toyota announces plans for the “Woven City”, a high-tech hydrogen-powered community of the future

In California, the Toyota motor corp revealed plans to build a prototype “city” of the future neat Mt. Fuji, Japan, where it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Named the “Woven City,” the community will act as a “living laboratory” where the space will serve as a home to full-time residents and researchers who will be able to test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes, and artificial intelligence. The city’s buildings...
Tags: Google, London, California, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Producer News, Mt Fuji Japan


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

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 inclusio...
Tags: Smart City, Japan, Design, Ces, Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Solar Panels, Big, Carbon-neutral, Bjarke Ingels Group, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Toyota Motor Corporation, Mt Fuji


Toyota is Building a "Prototype City of the Future" Near Mt. Fuji

At CES, Toyota is revealing ambitious plans to create a "prototype city of the future" on a 175-acre site at the base of Mt. Fuji. Called the Woven City, the site will be designed by Bjarke Ingels and is envisioned as a "living laboratory" where residents and researchers can live with and test cutting-edge technologies in a real-world incubator. The name of the city refers to three street types that will "weave together to form an organic grid pattern to help accelerate the testing of autonomy,"...
Tags: Design, Urbanism, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, CES Toyota, Woven City


Toyota’s City of the Future at the Base of Mount Fuji

Announced at CES 2020, Toyota has an ambitious plan for a newly redeveloped 175-acre site at the foot of Japan’s Mount Fuji. Ground will officially break next year on Woven City, a Bjarke Ingels Group-designed prototype town meant for piloting mobility services, in-home and public technologies, and connected innovations. Autonomous vehicles will be the only cars allowed in this pedestrian-centric city. Green space will takes …
Tags: Japan, Design, Tech, Ces, Cities, Architecture, Smart Technology, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Green Spaces, Linkaboutit, Bjarke Ingels Group, Autonomous Driving, Mount Fuji, City Planning, CES 2020


Toyota is building a tiny utopian prototype city filled with people, robots and AI

Toyota researches and tests robotics, material science, automated driving and alternative fuel technology in labs all around the world. Now the automaker is trying a new and far more ambitious project: build a prototype city on a 175-acre site at the foot of Mount Fugi in Japan, where people will live and work amongst all of Toyota’s projects, including its autonomous e-Palette shuttles and robots. This won’t be another test site, Toyota Motor Corp President Akio Toyoda said Monday during a pres...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Japan, New York, London, Cars, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Denmark, Bjarke Ingels, Mountain View, Toyota, World Trade Center, Fuel Cells


Toyota Will Transform a 175-Acre Site In Japan Into a 'Prototype City of the Future'

At CES on Monday, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said the Japanese auto giant will transform a 175-acre site of a former car factory into a "prototype city of the future" where it can test autonomous vehicles, innovative street design, smart home technology, robotics, and new mobility products on real people who would live there full-time. The Verge reports: The site, which is located at the base of Mount Fuji, will be designed by famed Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. It will house up to 2,000 people, i...
Tags: Japan, Toronto, Tech, Ces, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet, Akio Toyoda, Mount Fuji, Toyoda


A spiraling stack of books that houses a bridge and a museum!

Spanning 15,000 square-feet, sprawling across the beautiful Randselva river, in northern Europe’s largest sculptural park stands ‘The Twist’. Twirling through the air and combining two riverbanks, The Twist is “a hybrid spanning several traditional categories: It’s a museum, it’s a bridge, it’s an inhabitable sculpture,” says Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner & Creative Director, BIG. Situated at the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway, the project was first proposed in 2011 by the Bjarke ...
Tags: Europe, Design, Museum, Architecture, Bjarke Ingels, Bridge, Bjarke Ingels Group, Kistefos Sculpture Park, The Twist, Randselva, Jevnaker Norway, David Zahle, Anish Kapoor Olafur Eliasson Fernando Botero


You can ski into this Swiss watchmaker’s hotel

Cool hotels and hot watch culture around the globe. Switzerland Accommodation options in Switzerland’s Watch Valley have long lagged behind the lavish craftsmanship of the region’s workshops. In 2021, though, you’ll be able to check into Audemars Piguet’s Hôtel des Horlogers, a stunning 50-room complex designed by wunderkind Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. The resort will feature the...
Tags: Fashion, Switzerland, Bjarke Ingels, Audemars Piguet, Watch Valley


WeWork's school is closing at the end of the academic year as the company ditches passion projects to stem its huge losses

WeWork is closing WeGrow, its educational arm, at the end of the school year as the coworking company's new leaders look to right the ship after a failed IPO.  Rebekah Neumann had overseen WeGrow, which had about 100 students and cost up to $42,000.  One WeGrow parent not linked to the Neumanns talked to Business Insider about how he viewed the school for his three kids, and what he's thinking now that the school is set to close.  For more WeWork stories, click here.  WeWork is shuttering its...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Trends, Harvard, Chelsea, Yale, New York Times, Bjarke Ingels, WeWork, Huffington Post, Signal, Priscilla Chan, Adam Neumann, Gupta, Rebekah


Inside Copenhagen’s race to be the first carbon-neutral city

Green growth and ‘hedonistic sustainability’ have helped keep the public on board as the Danish capital seeks to reach its goal by 2025 – and so far it’s all going according to plan“We call it hedonistic sustainability,” says Jacob Simonsen of the decision to put an artificial ski slope on the roof of the £485m Amager Resource Centre (Arc), Copenhagen’s cutting-edge new waste-to-energy power plant. “It’s not just good for the environment, it’s good for life.”Skiing is just one of the activities ...
Tags: Europe, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Cities, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Ethical and green living, Denmark, Bjarke Ingels, Copenhagen, Carbon footprints, Jacob Simonsen, Amager Resource Centre Arc Copenhagen, Simonsen Arc


A 1,500-foot ski slope atop a power plant just opened to the public in Denmark. Here's what it's like to ski down.

A waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen contains a 1,500-foot ski slope on its roof. The slope officially opened to the public on October 4. Visitors can now ski down its synthetic turf all year round. The power plant burns trash to produce electricity and heat for local homes.  Visit Businessinsider.com for more stories. Don't let the green turf fool you — the winding path atop Copenhagen's new power plant is a ski slope, and it's now open year-round.  October 4 marked the slope's official unv...
Tags: UK, Russia, Trends, Denmark, Bjarke Ingels, Copenhagen, Chernobyl, Reuters, Don, Architectural Digest, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Ingels, Alaska photos, Copenhill, Pelle Hansen, Christian Ingels


The Copenhagen ski slope atop a power plant is now open

(CNN) — The intersection of winter athletics, sustainability and hygge (that Danish quality of coziness) has birthed a new travel destination, and it opened to the public on October 4. CopenHill, also known as Amager Bakke, is a Copenhagen-based heat and waste-to-power plant designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group and built in 2017. It's also a place where people go to have fun, and it has launched its newest attraction: an artificial ski and snowboard slope. The power plant building, which bur...
Tags: News, Cnn, Bjarke Ingels, Copenhagen, Bjarke Ingels Group, Amager Bakke


Ski atop the worlds cleanest waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen

Six years after breaking ground, CopenHill — a waste-to-energy plant topped with a year-round ski slope — is officially open, marking a major milestone in Copenhagen’s journey to becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. Bjarke Ingels Group, SLA, AKT, Lüchinger+Meyer, MOE and Rambøll designed the new architectural landmark that they describe as the cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world. The building includes an environmental education hub as well as a landscaped roof for urba...
Tags: Design, Hiking, Environment, Environmental Education, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Bjarke Ingels, Biodiversity, Copenhagen, Big, Sla, Carousel Showcase, Waste Disposal, Carbon-neutral, Green Roof


Floating cities are getting far closer to reality than ever before — but they won't be the libertarian utopias billionaires have proposed

For decades, floating cities have been part of a utopian vision to build societies that operate independently of government.  Organizations like the Seasteading Institute aim to create peaceful, self-sufficient communities at sea — but they've faced multiple obstacles. In April, a United Nations roundtable entertained an idea for a new kind of floating city that could address issues such as rising sea levels and overcrowding in urban areas.  The vision is part of what designer Bjarke Ingels...
Tags: Facebook, Toronto, Trends, Paypal, Netherlands, United Nations, Peter Thiel, Un, Bjarke Ingels, Silicon Valley, Collins, Tonga, Tahiti, Polynesia, Thiel, Michael Oliver


Dramatic domino-effect facade wraps BIG-designed business school

Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled images of the stunning Business Innovation Hub at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Designed in collaboration with Goody Clancy Architects, the recently completed 70,000-square-foot extension and partial renovation of the Isenberg School of Management not only delivers a dramatic appearance with a falling dominoes-like facade, but also high sustainability standards. Clad in low-maintenance copper, the Isenberg School of Management Business Innovation Hub ...
Tags: Extension, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Schools, Bjarke Ingels, Big, Carousel Showcase, Bjarke Ingels Group, Courtyard, University of Massachusetts, LEED, Isenberg, Leed Silver, Goody Clancy, Isenberg School of Management


More news from the Champs-Elysées...

In my latest post I talked about the rather newly opened “Apple Store” on the Champs-Elysées. Even more newly opened is an additional location of the “Galeries Lafayette” department stores. I already wrote about this building a few years ago, when it was still occupied by a “Virgin Megastore” – closed in 2013, see here. The building dates from the 1930’s and was for many years a bank. The architect was André Arfvidson, who created a number of remarkable buildings, including one I tal...
Tags: Travel, Google, Bjarke Ingels, Champs Elysees, Paris 8, PeterParis, André Arfvidson


Galeries Lafayette Champs Elysees

Once the most celebrated avenue in Paris, the reputation of the Champs Elysees has been greatly tarnished in recent months by the violence and destruction the Gilet Jaunes have inflicted on it. Also, once the marker of retail luxury, the Champs Elysees in the past few years has given way to cheap food and retail chains such as Five Guys and H & M.   The tides are turning on the Champs Elysees by the opening of a new Galeries Lafayette. Housed in the former Virgin Megastore, the  four-stor...
Tags: Travel, Fashion, Shopping, Paris, Alain Ducasse, Bjarke Ingels, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Gucci, Provence, Stohrer, Ny Times, Virgin Megastore, Franklin Roosevelt, Citron, Zhao


McKinsey Design at Salone del Mobile 2019

Over five years, McKinsey Design—a division of the qualitative and quantitative business advisory firm—tracked design-related data points at 300 companies as a way to highlight the business value of design. During 2019’s Milan Design Week, Ivy Ross (VP of Hardware Design at Google) joined Jakob Lange (a partner at BIG and the head of BIG Ideas) as well as McKinsey Design partner Ben Sheppard and …
Tags: Google, Design, Milan, Bjarke Ingels, Big Ideas, Mckinsey, Design Thinking, Milan Design Week, Salone, Ivy Ross, Jakob Lange, Ben Sheppard, Milan Design Week 2019, LinkAbout It, McKinsey Design, Milan Design Week Ivy Ross VP of Hardware Design


BIG unveils a sustainable floating city in response to rising sea levels

BIG and a coalition of partners have unveiled Oceanix City, a visionary proposal for the world’s first resilient and sustainable floating community for 10,000 people. Presented at the first UN high-level roundtable on Sustainable Floating Cities, the conceptual design was created as a potential solution to the perceived threat of climate change and rising sea levels. Conceived as a “modular maritime metropolis,” Oceanix City is engineered for self-sufficiency with features from net-zero energy ...
Tags: Design, Climate Change, Architecture, Gallery, United Nations, Un, Bjarke Ingels, Big, Carousel Showcase, Net-zero Energy, Floating Cities, Mixed-use, Rising Sea Levels, Modular Design, Bjarke Ingels Group, UN Habitat