Google has unveiled its ambitious new plans for a sprawling, modern Googleplex. The new facility, being developed by architect Bjarke Ingels, features a series of glass, canopies the size of city blocks, new biking and walking paths and an emphasis on green space. Renowned designer Thomas Heatherwick is also involved in the project. Google hopes to complete the first stage of development by 2020, but the company will first have to win approval from Mountain View’s city council amid growing concern over Google’s control over the development of the community.
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After 15 years in Mountain View, Google is giving its mothership a makeover. The company submitted plans today to the Mountain View City Council that reveal a slick, futuristic campus with glass walls, open space, and flexible structures that can adapt to the company’s changing needs.
The plans come from Thomas Heatherwick, whose firm Heatherwick Studio designed the cauldron at the 2012 London Olympics, and Bjarke Ingels, a Dutch architect who’s considered a rising star.
Google plans to completely redevelop four sites where it has offices. The buildings will be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up to accommodate flexible and “lightweight block-like structures” that can be moved around to accommodate different teams. The real-estate needs of Google’s self-driving car team, for example, are very different from the needs of the search team.
The use of translucent canopies and glass walls will help blur the line between indoor and outdoor space, which makes sense given that the Google…
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[tc_dropcap]I joined Google the day after my Stanford graduation in June of 2011, and two days later got to take a peek at the product I would be working on for the next three months. There had been rumors in the press for a while that Google was building some sort of secret social network, but these stories were mostly unsubstantiated rumors.[/tc_dropcap]
Now, for the first time, I got to look upon the future of the world’s most recognizable Internet company and, perhaps, the future of social as well.
The product, internally known as Emerald Sea, was just two weeks from launch, and a digital counter near my desk was ticking down the days to June 28, 2011. I had just gotten my Google-issued laptop, so I opened up my web browser, and navigated to the internal version of the product, and …. stared. Just stared. It’s hard to…
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Can Google, the technology giant best known for search and free email, tackle aging?
The Mountain View, Calif.-based company is planning to launch Calico, a new firm that will attempt to solve some of health care‘s most vexing problems. One of the independent venture’s major initiatives will be significantly expanding human lifespan. Arthur Levinson, the former chief of biotech pioneer Genentech, is an investor in Calico and will serve as its CEO.
The Sept. 30 issue of TIME profiles Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page as well as his decision to launch Calico.
Based in the Bay Area, not far from Google’s headquarters, Calico will be making longer-term bets than most health care firms. “In some industries, it takes ten or 20 years to go from an idea to something being real. Healthcare is certainly one of those ares,” said Page. “Maybe we should shoot for the things…
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The link below is to an article that takes a look at the inner workings of the Google Empire.
The link below is to an interesting article concerning some comments made by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Google and its ‘monopoly.’