Archinect - News 2015-07-03T02:36:10-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/129637458/is-thomas-heatherwick-designing-google-s-london-hq Is Thomas Heatherwick designing Google's London HQ? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-15T14:03:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T19:31:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a0f6m6franz60glb.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google's ambitious &pound;1 billion King's Cross development, which will be the technology giant's European headquarters, has faced repeated delays since it was first announced back in 2013. The project currently has "no target completion date."</p></em><br /><br /><p>This news came to <em>Business Insider</em>&nbsp;via&nbsp;"a source close to Heatherwick", although neither Google nor Heatherwick has commented on it at this time. <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12450131/heatherwick-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick</a> is already pinned to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122588365/critical-response-to-googleplex-expansion-focuses-on-suburban-development-not-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">expansion of Google's Mountain View headquarters</a>, along with Bjarke Ingels of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>. Previous designs by local firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/69207772/allford-hall-monaghan-morris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AHMM</a> were rejected by Google earlier this year, but it's unclear whether they'll still play a role in the design process.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129251400/apple-maps-puts-its-own-cars-on-the-streets-in-uphill-battle-against-google-maps Apple Maps puts its own cars on the streets, in uphill battle against Google Maps Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-10T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:17:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/235214cd50dfcd29f232b97060b4de3a.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So will Apple&rsquo;s version of street-based imagery simply be a direct copy of Street View? Possibly not. A patent filed back in 2013 mentions &ldquo;3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation,&rdquo; and the filing is disparaging of existing imaging software, calling it a &ldquo;tedious experience,&rdquo; though it doesn&rsquo;t mention Google Street View by name.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/128581551/googleplex-expansion-pivots-big-and-heatherwick-design-onto-new-site Googleplex expansion pivots BIG and Heatherwick design onto new site Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-01T20:35:00-04:00 >2015-06-03T22:02:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a55a6704d2feeba7ce0ad2dbde9329bc.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google already had building rights for a fifth site overlooking Charleston Park, just east of the current Googleplex [...] A 2007 lease agreement allows Google to build up to 595,000 square feet of office and commercial space there. [...] The new plans feature the same futuristic designs by European architects Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick that were part of the larger plan debated by the city this year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For some background on the Googleplex expansion plans:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126833043/google-loses-to-linkedin-in-silicon-valley-hq-pitch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google loses to LinkedIn in Silicon Valley HQ pitch</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122588365/critical-response-to-googleplex-expansion-focuses-on-suburban-development-not-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Critical response to Googleplex expansion focuses on suburban development, not architecture</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126833043/google-loses-to-linkedin-in-silicon-valley-hq-pitch Google loses to LinkedIn in Silicon Valley HQ pitch Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-06T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T16:36:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2hhum11ub2rvcprm.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a blow to Google&rsquo;s expansion plans, on Tuesday the Mountain View City Council voted to give the search giant roughly a quarter of the office space it had requested for the project, and instead awarded the lion&rsquo;s share of the city&rsquo;s future office development &ndash;- 1.5 million square feet &ndash;- to LinkedIn. Google received about 500,000 square feet, or about enough to build one of the four buildings it had proposed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How this news will affect BIG and Heatherwick's design for the Googleplex expansion is as of yet undetermined. Earlier today, we learned that Google planned on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">constructing its new HQ using "crabots"</a>, so clearly sights were set on the Mountain View City Council giving the go-ahead. David Radcliffe, Google's VP of real estate, said in an emailed statement:&nbsp;&ldquo;We know the City Council had a tough decision to make last night and thank them and our community for more than six hours of debate,&rdquo; and that Google would &ldquo;continue to work with the City on Google&rsquo;s future in Mountain View.&rdquo;</p><p>Details on BIG and Heatherwick's proposal <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots New Googleplex will be built by robots Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-06T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T16:44:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fk/fkaf8zdf3xv949g4.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mock-ups of the so-called &lsquo;crabots&rsquo; are featured in lengthy planning documents submitted to the City of Mountain View Council in Silicon Valley [...] &lsquo;Our objective is to create a solution that can be assembled efficiently and economically within pre-erected canopy structures by means of small, easily manoeuvrable cranes.&rsquo; &lsquo;Through the life of the buildings this [will] allow reconfiguration and maintenance&hellip;of the canopy envelope from within.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new Googleplex campus expansion, designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studios in collaboration to accommodate 20,000 new Mountain View employees, will be constructed by "an army of robot-crane hybrids", the&nbsp;<em>Architect's Journal</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/8682076.article?WT.tsrc=email&amp;WT.mc_id=Newsletter2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>. Citing planning documents Google submitted to Mountain View Council earlier this week,&nbsp;<em>AJ</em>&nbsp;reports that these "crabots" would be "a mash-up of flexible crane and robotic machine".</p><p>The construction method fits squarely with Google's aim to keep their campus flexible and reconfigurable after it's built. As Nicholas Korody explained in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our coverage introducing BIG and Heatherwick's design</a>:&nbsp;"Eschewing immoveable concrete edifices, the campus would consist of a series of light-weight structures that can be moved around to accommodate new projects and product development as they unfold." Theoretically, these "crabots"&nbsp;could be the same employed to reconfigure the interior spaces as needed. Not sure whether they'd count among the 20,000, though.</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/126782986/did-tesla-almost-go-bankrupt-without-anyone-noticing Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing? Nicholas Korody 2015-05-05T19:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T08:53:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/od/odha88iu5relmwro.jpg" width="514" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can a high-profile company led by a celebrity CEO come within two weeks of bankruptcy without anyone noticing? In early 2013, ...Tesla Motors came so close to running out of cash that its brash leader, Elon Musk, approached Google about buying the company, according to a new Musk biography. A surge in sales of the company&rsquo;s pricey Model S sedan staved off disaster. Musk broke off the Google talks, no longer needing a white knight. And no one outside the two companies knew about it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/124201651/google-doodle-honors-eiffel-tower-s-126th-opening-anniversary Google doodle honors Eiffel Tower's 126th opening anniversary Alexander Walter 2015-03-31T13:55:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T14:03:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8x/8x4rx64d4nhoop8q.jpg" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eiffel Tower, one of Paris's most visited attractions, welcoming almost seven million visitors per year, was completed 126 years ago today - and there's a Google Doodle to mark the anniversary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Contrary to the <em>Telegraph</em> quote above, the Eiffel Tower was actually completed on March 15. Today's anniversary honors the <em>public opening</em> on March 31, 1889.</p><p>Joyeux anniversaire, old friend!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122588365/critical-response-to-googleplex-expansion-focuses-on-suburban-development-not-architecture Critical response to Googleplex expansion focuses on suburban development, not architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-10T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:38:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4o1d1rrl9fsje2j.jpg" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Google&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">choice of BIG and Heatherwick Studios</a> to design their Mountain View campus expansion is true to form: big, brash, debatably realistic, with a dash of techno-utopianism. The critical response to the proposal &ndash; a series of webbed glass shells covering reconfigurable utility spaces, integrated with the North Shore&rsquo;s natural landscape and urban life &ndash; depended on where it was published. Design and architecture publications picked at BIG and Heatherwick&rsquo;s design; tech and general publications focused on mega-client Google and the changes to Mountain View.</p><p>The renderings released at the end of February (see <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>) are part of a <a href="http://mountainview.gov/depts/comdev/planning/activeprojects/bonusfar/bonusfarprojects.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">massive master plan</a> submitted by Google to Mountain View officials on February 27. It is highly unlikely it will proceed as-is. But with the sheer real estate that Google commands in Mountain View, this project adding 2.5 million new square feet to Google&rsquo;s cache of the majority of privately owned land in the North Bayshore area, it&rsquo;s certainly not scaling t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan Nicholas Korody 2015-02-27T16:26:00-05:00 >2015-03-06T18:41:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01woyj5y1mepnx3t.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Silicon Valley has been the cradle of a series of innovations that, over the last decades, have propelled technology and [the] world economy, but all of the resources, all of the intelligence, has been invested into the immaterial, the digital realm, the internet,&rdquo; asserts Bjarke Ingels of <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CB8QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.big.dk%2F&amp;ei=-MfwVI6uEsimgwSVx4DgAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNF60fL4F7VbSYOVwLzjbYXvwUsN6w&amp;sig2=r5l7ynji_q4IHnSbtCP2Uw&amp;bvm=bv.87269000,d.eXY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> at the beginning of a new video released today by Google (posted at the end of this article). David Radcliffe, the&nbsp;Vice President of Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google, continues: "Tech really hasn&rsquo;t adopted a particular language for buildings.&rdquo; Google hopes to change that, unveiling an ambitious new master plan for their Mountain View campus designed collaboratively by Bjarke Ingels Group and <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6cbjq72n63ieixb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yv0kh4n3bgkk9b57.jpg"></p><p>Radcliffe explains that Google scoured the world for the architecture practices they found most innovative. "The BIG Studios &ndash; they&rsquo;re ambitious, they do a lot of very community-focused projects and that was very compelling to us,&rdquo; while Thomas Heatherwick "has this attentio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121582000/big-heatherwick-studio-to-design-new-google-hq BIG / Heatherwick Studio to design new Google HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-25T13:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:32:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kphyzgeu7vflksdy.jpg" width="514" height="228" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, [Google] is expected to propose new headquarters &mdash; a series of canopylike buildings from Heatherwick Studio, a London design firm known for works like the fiery caldron at the 2012 Olympics, and Bjarke Ingels [...] The project in Mountain View, which Google has not made public but has discussed with members of the City Council, is likely to aggravate an increasingly testy relationship between the company and community leaders who fear the company is overrunning their small city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Both Heatherwick Studio and BIG have gained global success working on an impressive variety of scales, from the infrastructural to the sculptural, and also happen to both have relatively young founders (Heatherwick is 45, Ingels is 40). While details aren't expected until later this week, it feels safe to say that the design will continue Google's urbanification of its campus &ndash; borrowing elements from urban planning and "spontaneity generating" strategies for a new HQ that has BIG's playfulness and Heatherwick's artfulness.</p><p>More recent news from the firms:</p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116128341/heatherwick-studio-showcases-their-multi-disciplinary-design-skills-in-the-provocations-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio showcases their multi-disciplinary design skills in the "Provocations" exhibition</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120969332/let-the-fighting-begin-london-garden-bridge-faces-legal-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121070622/big-s-telus-sky-tower-breaks-ground-in-calgary-canada" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's Telus Sky Tower breaks ground in Calgary, Canada</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441449/session-14-his-bjark-is-bigger-than-his-bjite-a-chat-with-bjarke-ingels-at-the-opening-of-big-s-hot-to-cold-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite &ndash; A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119262224/playing-with-climate-at-big-s-hot-to-cold-now-open-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Playing with climate at BIG's "Hot to Cold", now open at the National Building Museum</a></em></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/117114018/in-the-end-they-will-destroy-democracy-the-guardian-on-smart-cities ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy' – The Guardian on smart cities Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T13:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T19:26:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adc7fbdfe66cb09c1edb6ada0b9f2c4d.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The smart city is, to many urban thinkers, just a buzzphrase that has outlived its usefulness: &lsquo;the wrong idea pitched in the wrong way to the wrong people&rsquo;. So why did that happen &ndash; and what&rsquo;s coming in its place?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115976543/architect-eli-attia-sues-google-for-stealing-invention-that-streamlines-design-and-construction Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction Archinect 2014-12-14T18:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bc8d37a2645bed60e230eb992386001c.jpg" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suit charges that Google and senior executives stole Eli Attia's invention, which is a technology that shortens and makes significantly cheaper the design and construction process, mainly for high-rise and large buildings. Google estimates that the invention has potential revenue of $120 billion annually.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115731034/google-is-letting-you-visit-museums-around-the-world-using-street-view-and-youtube Google is letting you visit museums around the world using Street View and Youtube Paul Petrunia 2014-12-11T14:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T14:27:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ry/rywzcyk2xsl4zwm9.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google announced today it&rsquo;s making a platform&nbsp;available to museums that enables them to build mobile applications that take advantage of Google technology, including Street View and YouTube, to bring their exhibits to anyone with a smartphone. Through partnerships between museums worldwide and the Google Cultural Institute, there are now 11&nbsp;museums and cultural institutions that&nbsp;have participated in this pilot project&nbsp;to date; their apps are live now on Google Play.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/110647923/big-businesses-and-baby-steps-weekly-news-round-up-for-september-22-and-29-2014 Big businesses and baby steps: Weekly News Round-Up for September 22 and 29, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-06T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T12:43:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j6/j6zjj16d78davkxy.jpg" width="514" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, October 3:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110427299/eisenhower-memorial-clears-key-hurdle-on-gehry-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a>: In a positive step for the Memorial's Approving Process Odyssey,&nbsp;the National Capital Planning Commission&nbsp;has OK'd the Commission on Fine Arts (the other federal body that must approve the design) to vote on the Memorial.</li><li><a title="Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110407197/where-are-the-women-measuring-progress-on-gender-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a>: A series of infographics on the representation of women in architectural practice and education, courtesy of <a href="http://archinect.com/ACSA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA</a>.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 1:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110274682/guggenheim-plans-new-york-expansion-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again</a>: Not for more art space (Gehry tried that before) but for offices.</li><li><a title="Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110250557/zaera-polo-steps-down-as-dean-of-princeton-s-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture</a>: From the press release: "the school's former dean, Professor Stanley T. Allen, will serve as acting dean until a permanent successor is appointed and that Professor Allen will chair the search for the new dean."</li><li><a title="Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110234469/tiny-spanish-island-to-be-first-energy-self-sufficient-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island</a>: The 10,000 population island will use renewable e...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/109584106/larry-page-wants-a-google-2-0-that-will-build-cities-and-airports-report-says Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says Archinect 2014-09-22T20:21:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T21:20:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ue/uefwaebk6c4qxgt1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Information reports that Page started up a Google 2.0 project inside the company a year ago to look at the big challenges facing humanity and the ways Google can overcome them. Among the grand-scale plans discussed were Page's desire to build a more efficient airport as well as a model city. To progress these ideas to fruition, the Google chief has also apparently proposed a second research and development lab, called Google Y...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107648182/nimbys-go-to-court-over-modern-home-zaha-gets-an-apology-global-warming-rages-on-news-round-up-for-august-25-2014 NIMBYs go to court over "modern" home; Zaha gets an apology; global warming rages on: News Round-Up for August 25, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T20:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:16:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vtxfdi8z3dbl47e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Friday, August 29:</strong></em></p><ul><li><p><a title="MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107714855/mit-s-mindrider-helmet-draws-mental-maps-as-you-bike" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike</a>: The prototype is currently being used to create a mental-map and guidebook for NYC, and an upcoming Kickstarter campaign will attempt to fund the project for commercial sale.</p></li><li><p><a title="In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107711639/in-beirut-a-grassroots-push-for-more-grass" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass</a>: Lebanon's fifteen-year civil war made much of Beirut's green space inaccessible or dysfunctional. The Beirut Green Project is trying to bring at least a modicum of green space back to the city's residents.</p></li></ul><p><em><strong>Thursday, August 28:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107634526/norwegian-artists-plan-to-open-art-academy-in-north-korea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea</a>: Nothing's final yet, but the school is committed to its disbelief in sanctions or boycotts on art.</li><li><a title="Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107640149/alvar-aalto-gets-a-close-look-from-google-s-cultural-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute</a>: Google's cameras go inside the famous Finnish architects studio, as well as a selection of his works, for a curated photo-exhibition.</li></ul><p><em><strong>Wednesday, August 27:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="China considering drastic ban on coal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a>: Chinese news outlets claim that work is underway to ban coal in Bei...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107640149/alvar-aalto-gets-a-close-look-from-google-s-cultural-institute Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-28T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:39:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a4/a4g2cod81x1tz6nw.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Google's satellite imaging allows us to virtually tour remote or inaccessible locales the world over, and with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106578172/new-google-satellites-could-be-able-to-see-your-face-from-the-sky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently improved resolutions</a> and initiatives from the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/463876/google-cultural-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Cultural Institute</a>, our gaze can go farther and more intimately into places we may never physically visit. Google's interest in maintaining this visual resource has implications as far-reaching as its imagery, but it's also a boon for architecture education, where access to imagery and certain spaces can be highly exclusive, and retaining a global (and historical) perspective is exceedingly important.</p><p>To this end, <a href="http://www.finnisharchitecture.fi/2014/08/alvar-aalto-goes-virtual/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Cultural Institute has partnered with the Alvar Aalto Foundation</a> in order to make the famous Finnish architect's spaces (and of course <a href="https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/a-stool-makes-history/QRQs-mBx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his&nbsp;famous stool</a><a href="http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/a-stool-makes-history/QRQs-mBx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;no. 60</a>) available online in 360-degree panoramas, detailing every surface. The partnership's collection focuses on eight sites, including Aalto's studio, S&auml;yn&auml;tsalo Town Hall, and the&nbsp;House Kantola, as well as an exhibition at the Aalto Museum in...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105940560/mysterious-google-barge-destined-for-the-scrap-yard Mysterious Google barge destined for the scrap yard Alexander Walter 2014-08-06T14:03:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:41:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2d1fbf33ae648dbfaeca53cd48317052.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s no smooth sailing for at least one of Google&rsquo;s mysterious barges. Parts of the $4 million boat, located in Portland, Maine, are being sold for scrap, a Google spokesperson has confirmed to Fortune. Google&rsquo;s three barges sparked a media storm of inquiries when they first appeared in 2013, raising questions about their purpose. Were they floating data centers? A secret lab to design and launch Google&rsquo;s next stunning project?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85995300/google-s-barge-explanation-bilge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's barge explanation: Bilge?</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85295792/san-francisco-s-bay-barge-mystery-floating-data-center-or-google-glass-store" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco's bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store?</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/102730024/google-announces-new-forays-into-smart-homes-at-i-o Google announces new forays into smart homes at I/O Nicholas Korody 2014-06-25T20:36:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:10:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/ujuk0q1yc5j2pb9z.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Opening the Nest platform to outside developers will allow Google to move into the emerging market for connected, smart home devices. Experts expect that this so-called "Internet of Things" phenomenon will change the way people use technology in much the same way that smartphones have changed life since the introduction of Apple's iPhone seven years ago.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102325797/google-adds-graffiti-to-its-art-portfolio Google Adds Graffiti to Its Art Portfolio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-20T14:10:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T21:22:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8e8615bac7269e31a796c76580228d9.jpg" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using images provided by cultural organizations worldwide, some of which were captured with Google&rsquo;s Street View camera technology, [the Google Cultural Institute's Street Art Project] includes street art from around the globe, including work that no longer exists [...] Google is the latest organization to wade into debates about how or whether to institutionalize, let alone commercialize, art that is ephemeral and often willfully created subversively.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/101575299/30-weeks-an-experimental-new-design-school-backed-by-google 30 Weeks: An Experimental New Design School, Backed By Google Archinect 2014-06-10T20:30:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:34:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23pf5xlpy2xuwx0a.jpg" width="514" height="234" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following Apple's success, many companies are finally starting to recognize the crucial role design plays in building a desirable (and profitable) product. Yet very few companies are actually founded and led by designers. Here to change that is 30 Weeks, a new program by a powerhouse team of New York design schools--Parsons, Pratt, School of Visual Arts, and The Cooper Union--in collaboration with the education company Hyper Island and Google.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 30-week program will operate out of a coworking space in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Twenty students will be invited to participate. The only requirements are that they&rsquo;re designers 18 or older and have an idea for a product.</p><p>Interested? <a href="https://www.30weeks.com/apply" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apply here.</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99716164/europe-will-let-its-citizens-edit-google-search-results-for-their-names Europe will let its citizens edit Google search results for their names Archinect 2014-05-13T17:05:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:58:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1f513jpmxakj69ps.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The European Court of Justice&nbsp;said Google must remove links in search results when requested by individuals, such as the Spanish man who brought a case against the search engine in order to&nbsp;remove links to a 1998&nbsp;newspaper article about&nbsp;the sale of property to settle his debts.&nbsp;The court said that the &ldquo;initially lawful processing of accurate data&rdquo; could, over time, become &ldquo;inadequate,&rdquo; &ldquo;irrelevant,&rdquo; or &ldquo;excessive&rdquo; in the eyes of the people who feature&nbsp;in the material.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/92531259/build-with-chrome-brings-the-lego-building-pastime-to-the-digital-realm "Build with Chrome" brings the LEGO-building pastime to the digital realm Justine Testado 2014-01-31T13:12:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T14:11:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sg/sg59g4mu4xb9d29o.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.lego.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEGO</a> and Google Chrome linked up to create "Build with Chrome", a social online building website that lets users build anything anywhere with an infinite number of Lego blocks -- virtual Lego blocks.<br><br>First developed as an experiment by a LEGO-loving team in Australia, Build with Chrome was based on the idea of bringing the classic plastic toy bricks to the digital realm. The website uses 3D graphic technology called WebGL that lets the virtual Lego bricks work like the real ones.&nbsp;<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lmbficcwd32xy8kh.jpg"><br><br>Once you're on the website, you can pick your plot anywhere or <a href="http://www.buildwithchrome.com/explore#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">explore the "world of Build"</a>, which has a Google Maps interface. You can also start building your own project right away and publish or share it with friends.<br><br>If you already have a Google+ account, the Build Academy lets you master your LEGO building skills online through tutorials guided by characters from the upcoming LEGO film and completing tasks. The tasks grow more elaborate as you learn more tricks.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/na/na8lpayp6lvv5as1.jpg"><br><br>Even if it's not the same experience, virt...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88998060/what-tech-hasn-t-learned-from-urban-planning What Tech Hasn’t Learned From Urban Planning Archinect 2013-12-16T17:59:00-05:00 >2013-12-18T07:19:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/781e1e473973647db454671905b98944.jpg" width="395" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tech sector is, increasingly, embracing the language of urban planning &mdash; town hall, public square, civic hackathons, community engagement. So why are tech companies such bad urbanists?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/88525172/google-street-view-gets-even-more-personal Google Street View gets (even more) personal Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-10T14:44:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T17:19:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6k/6khjtb1a8cstm92h.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google's Street View is slowly covering more and more of the world's surface, but it still has holes. Now though, you can help fill them&mdash;and all you need is an Android phone or DSLR. Google has just launched a new Street View feature which allows any user to recreate the usual Street View experience by stringing together photo spheres along paths which they define.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/87912010/from-apple-to-amazon-the-new-monuments-to-digital-domination From Apple to Amazon: The New Monuments to Digital Domination Alexander Walter 2013-12-02T13:32:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:46:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/rabtw470qfx47jlf.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The simple logic: Individuals who collaborate are creative. Consequently, all boundaries must disappear, including floors and walls. Private offices no longer exist, not even for top management. The open creative playground is the prevailing fundamental design of the digital economy. Those who don't already have it, have to create it. Stragglers like Microsoft, Yahoo and SAP are gutting their buildings and eliminating many offices.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Read more about workplace design in the knowledge economy in Archinect's latest <em>Aftershock</em> feature, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/87376636/aftershock-2-serendipity-machines-and-the-future-of-workplace-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87450092/google-brings-street-view-inside-more-than-65-airports-and-train-stations-calls-it-a-first-effort Google brings Street View inside more than 65 airports and train stations, calls it a 'first effort' Archinect 2013-11-26T13:16:00-05:00 >2013-11-26T20:52:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0572949ed6005cfe062f946059bc8d5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google today launched an interactive map featuring Street Views of over 65 mass-transit hubs. The map features some locations you may have already explored, like Emirates' A380 or London's Gatwick Airport, alongside some new sites across Europe, South America, and Asia.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="https://mapsengine.google.com/map/u/0/edit?authuser=0&amp;hl=en&amp;mid=zqafVP2X3Jp8.kL0YSq0tl8qw" target="_blank">here</a> to view the interactive map.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85995300/google-s-barge-explanation-bilge Google's barge explanation: Bilge? Alexander Walter 2013-11-07T15:34:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T21:12:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/180f3cfe795b57cdd9def3a164dbfc5e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Google Barge...A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it's still early days and things may change, we're exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology." Please forgive me, but if you decide to build what looks like quite a substantial structure out on the water, you might have some vague idea of what you're going to do with it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85295792/san-francisco-s-bay-barge-mystery-floating-data-center-or-google-glass-store" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco's bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85295792/san-francisco-s-bay-barge-mystery-floating-data-center-or-google-glass-store San Francisco's bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store? Alexander Walter 2013-10-29T15:04:00-04:00 >2013-11-07T15:37:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0293bd2f3411d56bc64ca7dba84b8a5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mystery surrounding a large structure built on a barge docked in San Francisco bay is deepening. Is it a floating Google data center? A floating Google Glass store? Or something else altogether?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Meanwhile, (not-so-secret) construction boom at Google's fellow bay area competitors:</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84287158/cupertino-council-clears-huge-apple-spaceship-campus-for-liftoff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cupertino council clears huge Apple 'spaceship' campus for liftoff</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68531158/city-planners-approve-frank-gehry-designed-facebook-campus-in-menlo-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Planners Approve Frank Gehry-Designed Facebook Campus in Menlo Park</a></li> </ul><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85995300/google-s-barge-explanation-bilge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's barge explanation: Bilge?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84313752/google-x-developing-online-city-building-platform-genie Google X developing online city-building platform, "Genie" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-16T19:56:00-04:00 >2013-10-18T15:06:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sa/saq4m6kqpj13mul2.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Genie is] a platform with online-based planning applications to help architects and engineers in the design process, especially for skyscrapers and large buildings. The platform includes planning tools of expert architects and engineers and advance analytics and simulation tools. Genie standardizes and automates the design and construction processes with unlimited design options, enabling an architect to preserve the building's uniqueness in the urban environment.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>