Archinect - News 2016-07-27T20:59:20-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149957713/google-acquires-linkedin-s-hq-in-huge-unexpected-property-swap Google acquires LinkedIn's HQ in huge, unexpected property swap Justine Testado 2016-07-13T18:13:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:46:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1o/1onxmola6x960ers.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Google and LinkedIn] announced a large, surprising property swap encompassing over three million square feet of existing and future real estate... From Google, LinkedIn is picking up seven buildings...In return, Google is getting LinkedIn&rsquo;s Mountain View headquarters office and...four different surrounding properties that enable Google to follow through on its ambitious plan for a new, green, crazy-futurist campus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following an unsuccessful bid <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126833043/google-loses-to-linkedin-in-silicon-valley-hq-pitch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last year</a>, this is good news for Google as they continue to push toward making their dream campus a reality.&nbsp;Unleash the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;crabots&rdquo;</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122201296/archinect-sessions-episode-19-don-t-be-evil-don-t-throw-stones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions Episode #19: Don't be Evil, Don't Throw Stones</a></li><li><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></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Googleplex will be built by robots</a></li><li><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></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954705/alphabet-s-secret-plan-to-overhaul-public-transport-in-the-us Alphabet's secret plan to overhaul public transport in the US Nicholas Korody 2016-06-28T20:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T21:27:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0tuldjs4kgl7w8j.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. Its high-tech services, which it calls &ldquo;new superpowers to extend access and mobility&rdquo;, could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private transit options that rely heavily on ride-share services such as Uber.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But they might also gut traditional bus services and require cities to invest heavily in Google&rsquo;s own technologies, experts fear."</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938711/google-s-sidewalk-labs-contemplates-building-an-entire-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Sidewalk Labs contemplates building an entire city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947827/google-launches-waze-carpool-with-cost-neutral-pricing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google launches Waze Carpool with cost-neutral pricing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946004/google-to-announce-a-voice-activated-smart-home-device" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google to announce a voice-activated, smart home device</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947827/google-launches-waze-carpool-with-cost-neutral-pricing Google launches Waze Carpool with cost-neutral pricing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-26T18:46:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T01:29:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4a55oiexfqtfwcbd.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The pilot program is limited to about 25,000 employees of companies including Walmart and Adobe Systems... Waze will match riders with drivers already heading along similar routes during the morning and evening rush hours. [...] Waze Carpool is charging riders just $0.54 a mile, which is also what the IRS recommends companies reimburse their employees per mile for business-related travel. &ldquo;Waze Carpool focuses on covering costs, not generating an income,&rdquo; the company explains.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Google purchased Waze, the Israeli GPS-based navigation system with real-time travel details submitted by users, in 2013 for $1.15B. With a fleet of already operating autonomous vehicles, Google stands to leverage its Waze transit data in big ways for an autonomous taxi service that could hit companies like Uber and Lyft hard.</p><p>That $0.54 rate for the Carpool rides is also significant because it won't lead to the same insurance-scrutiny that has plagued other ridesharing companies:</p><p><em>Waze Carpool&rsquo;s $0.54 rate is also important from a regulatory standpoint. As Waze explains, car insurance policies in states including California typically cover &ldquo;not for profit, share-the-expense carpooling.&rdquo; By framing its operations that way, Waze Carpool may be able to avoid the scrutiny around insurance coverage that has at times sidelined Uber and Lyft.</em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937269/women-only-uber-alternatives-face-pushback-from-antidiscrimination-laws" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws</a></li><li><a title="Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946004/google-to-announce-a-voice-activated-smart-home-device Google to announce a voice-activated, smart home device Nicholas Korody 2016-05-18T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T15:10:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/dffd6dysmetg0voj.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google will introduce its much-anticipated entry into the voice-activated home device market on Wednesday, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Named Google Home, the device is a virtual agent that answers simple questions and carries out basic tasks. It is to be announced at Google&rsquo;s annual developers&rsquo; conference in Silicon Valley. [...] Questions are already arising about privacy, disclosures and the quality of the information being doled out.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The project will compete against Amazon's Echo.</p><p>For more on new forays into smart home technology, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145046942/mark-zuckerberg-s-resolution-for-2016-build-an-at-home-ai-like-jarvis-in-iron-man" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI "like Jarvis in Iron Man"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138352532/a-city-for-the-future-but-devoid-of-people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A city for the future but devoid of people</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124446819/amazon-s-new-dash-button-and-the-value-of-running-out-of-toilet-paper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon's new Dash button and the value of running out of toilet paper</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise Nicholas Korody 2016-05-03T14:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:37:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/hu65zz2uv3cm1ijz.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sea level forecasts by a coalition of scientists show that the Silicon Valley bases for Facebook, Google and Cisco are at risk of being cut off or even flooded, even under optimistic scenarios where rapid cuts in greenhouse gas emissions avoid the most severe sea level increases. Without significant adaptation, Facebook&rsquo;s new campus appears most at risk.</p></em><br /><br /><p>San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructionsWhile the Frank Gehry-designed campus was elevated to prevent flooding, even a 1.6 ft rise &ndash; on the low end of predictions &ndash; will "inundate" the campus. Google is a little better off but will also be swamped if the Antarctic ice sheet starts breaking up, as <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/30/sea-levels-set-to-rise-far-more-rapidly-than-expected" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">evidence</a> suggests may happen imminently.</p><p>For more news on rising tides in the Bay Area:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146267509/king-tides-give-a-glimpse-of-what-the-near-future-s-rising-seas-will-look-like" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"King tides" give a glimpse of what the (near) future's rising seas will look like</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141300588/can-silicon-valley-save-the-bay-area" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146886678/cliff-side-apartments-on-the-brink-of-collapse-following-el-ni-o-storms-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cliff-side apartments on the brink of collapse following El Ni&ntilde;o storms in California</a></li></ul><p><em>This month, Archinect's news and editorial are organized around a special theme &ndash; <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/741197/may-help" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Help</a></strong> &ndash; with focused coverage on social and humanitarian issues affecting the built environment with an eye towards ways architects can mobilize and enact positive change.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Have related projects of your own? Submit to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942369/open-call-for-submissions-help" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">open call</a> before Sunday, May ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-28T12:51:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T13:04:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8z/8z5qo9dyja6sil0g.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbying group with the express purpose of advocating autonomous driving. [...] "Self-driving vehicle technology will make America's roadways safer and less congested," [David Strickland, a former administrator of the NHTSA] said [...] "The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards, and the Coalition will work with policymakers to find the right solutions that will facilitate the deployment of self-driving vehicles."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lyft has also been in talks with General Motors (which is not a part of the Self-Driving Coalition) to put out its own group of autonomous for-hire vehicles. Models for Google's vehicles include both bespoke prototypes and Lexus SUVs, and Uber is developing its own testing grounds for self-driving cars in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941412/beverly-hills-wants-to-provide-driverless-cars-as-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit</a></li><li><a title="How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li><li><a title="U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></li><li><a title="The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942167/office-space-clive-wilkinson-on-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-20 Office Space: Clive Wilkinson on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #20 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-25T15:55:00-04:00 >2016-04-25T16:59:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5l/5ly4sn8zcjf8fmyd.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Shortly after starting out in Frank Gehry's office in the early 1990s, Clive Wilkinson founded his own firm in Los Angeles, and has since designed far-reaching workspaces for such big-name clients as Google, the BBC, 20th Century Fox and Microsoft. I spoke with Clive about the evolution from cubicle farms to &ldquo;serendipity machines&rdquo; in office design, and his thoughts on co-working spaces. Also turns out he&rsquo;s not a huge fan of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/621169/apple-spaceship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's "spaceship" campus.</a></p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#20 with&nbsp;<strong>Clive Wilkinson</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/onetoone/One_to_One_Episode_20_Clive_Wilkinson.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Projects mentioned in the episode:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f8/f8tvl7igvndmpnnt.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;&nbsp;<em>Clive Wilkinson's home at Norwich Drive</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p8/p8q9z1yq0o0c3jdp.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;&nbsp;<em>Clive Wilkinson's home at Norwich Drive</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rz/rzn24xoinq5j5yts.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;&nbsp;<em>Clive Wilkinson's home at Norwich Drive</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ds/dsgo98m5580bveax.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;&nbsp;<em>Pallota Teamworks</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3a/3ajfx9nuwp3aa593.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;&nbsp;<em>FIDM Annex</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/60/601xkgaxbxvizd7v.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;&nbsp;<em>"Super Desk" for The Barbarian Group</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3f/3ffe1vs7stwdnn8a.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&#8203;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940697/is-apple-s-campus-design-about-making-the-corporation-your-entire-life Is Apple's campus design about making the corporation your entire life? Julia Ingalls 2016-04-14T13:04:00-04:00 >2016-04-17T19:45:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s1qo417i0eof4hjh.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Apple finishes its new $5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California, the technorati will ooh and ahh over its otherworldly architecture, and Apple will pat itself on the back for yet another example of "innovation." ...But few are aware that Apple&rsquo;s monumental project is already outdated, mimicking a half-century of stagnant suburban corporate campuses that isolated themselves&mdash;by design&mdash;from the communities their products were supposed to impact.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This fascinating article delves into the soul-sucking thinking behind isolated corporate behemoth design, which essentially captures the employee for the entire day and encourages a detached, "Who cares; I've got mine!" thinking towards maintaining urban infrastructure. Consider this:</p><p><em>Connecticut General&rsquo;s new corporate estate included snack bars, ping-pong tables, shuffleboards, bowling alleys, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a barbershop, beauty parlor, game room, media library, meditation room, and gas station, as well as offsite services like dry-cleaning, shoe repair, flowers, and grocery delivery&mdash;more than half a century before Google and Facebook added such benefits. "All these perks had a certain element of welfare capitalism," Mozingo says, "this idea that the all-inclusive physical environment is going to foster certain kinds of behavior, which are profitable for the company."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7m/7m7bia7p1pfzyqfd.jpg"></p><p>This thinking extended into the employee's need for a car:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Even the shift to personal vehicles rathe...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938711/google-s-sidewalk-labs-contemplates-building-an-entire-city Google's Sidewalk Labs contemplates building an entire city Julia Ingalls 2016-04-06T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:22:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zq/zqecbknj7qxfek06.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Information notes that building a city could allow Sidewalk Labs to &ldquo;rethink government, social policy, and data-driven management.&rdquo; [CEO Dan] Doctoroff explained that &ldquo;thinking about a city from the Internet up is really compelling,&rdquo; while also noting that &ldquo;cities are hard. You have people with vested interest, politics, physical space&hellip;But the technology ultimately cannot be stopped.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs joins the rarefied stable of companies potentially looking to expand from an initial service (in this case, improved WiFi access and traffic flow in cities) into a fully-fledged social experimentation machine. Will they build 21st century company towns or create a genuinely new, technology-based approach to living?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rf/rffzsyjf6qcir55f.jpg"></p><p>Here's a round-up of other mass-scale experimental projects:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935208/can-wework-re-engineer-the-spatial-dynamics-of-society" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can WeWork re-engineer the spatial dynamics of society?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935277/kalasatama-finland-goes-carless-and-yes-there-s-an-app-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kalasatama, Finland goes carless (and yes, there's an app for that)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149513997/foster-partners-unveils-future-refuelling-network-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners unveils future refuelling network design</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149356480/google-s-getting-another-london-office-designed-by-mossessian-architecture Google's getting another London office, designed by Mossessian Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-02T04:57:00-05:00 >2016-03-02T12:54:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t7/t7iy860b698lrcg8.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google has been granted planning permission for an office in the King&rsquo;s Cross area of central London. The 180,000-square-foot building, which is to be known as &ldquo;S2&rdquo;, will be designed by UK firm Mossessian Architecture. [...] It will be based near the site of the firm&rsquo;s defunct Google Glass store and DeepMind, its artificial intelligence start-up. [...] The property is expected to be completed by 2017 &ldquo;at the earliest&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news on Google's architectural exploits:</p><ul><li><a title="Is Thomas Heatherwick designing Google's London HQ?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129637458/is-thomas-heatherwick-designing-google-s-london-hq" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Thomas Heatherwick designing Google's London HQ?</a></li><li><a title="Googleplex expansion pivots BIG and Heatherwick design onto new site " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128581551/googleplex-expansion-pivots-big-and-heatherwick-design-onto-new-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Googleplex expansion pivots BIG and Heatherwick design onto new site</a></li><li><a title="Google loses to LinkedIn in Silicon Valley HQ pitch" 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></li><li><a title="Critical response to Googleplex expansion focuses on suburban development, not architecture" 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></li><li><a title="Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan" 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></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149351656/google-s-self-driving-car-hits-bus-and-causes-its-first-crash Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash Alexander Walter 2016-03-01T14:11:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:21:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hf/hf4rkwwqvir7exdu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google said on Monday it bears "some responsibility" after one of its self-driving cars struck a municipal bus in a minor crash earlier this month. The crash may be the first case of one of its autonomous cars hitting another vehicle and the fault of the self-driving car. [...] Google said in the filing the autonomous vehicle was traveling at less than 2 miles per hour, while the bus was moving at about 15 miles per hour.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142537125/adapting-self-driving-cars-to-the-world-of-humans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adapting self-driving cars to the world of humans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139476208/dawn-of-the-self-driving-car-testing-out-tesla-s-autopilot-function" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-11T12:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T22:37:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/54yz68x38yyf095d.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law [...] "NHTSA will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the (self-driving system), and not to any of the vehicle occupants" [...] Google told NHTSA that the real danger is having auto safety features that could tempt humans to try to take control.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The technological and legal impediments to making self-driving cars a reality on U.S. roads seem to be falling away &ndash; and as the regulatory market opens for business, so may more competition, with Google and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58027971/california-legalizes-driverless-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California</a> (which legalized self-driving cars in 2012) leading the way.</p><p>More on the development of autonomous vehicles:</p><ul><li><a title="The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li><li><a title="Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141511613/think-driverless-cars-will-reduce-traffic-not-so-fast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast.</a></li><li><a title='"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be &quot;Robot Taxi&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140292045/tokyo-s-2020-olympics-won-t-have-zaha-but-it-s-looking-like-there-will-be-robot-taxi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be "Robot Taxi"</a></li><li><a title="Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138594315/milton-keynes-invests-in-driverless-cars-over-public-transit-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146363126/you-can-now-explore-the-guggenheim-rotunda-galleries-online-via-google-street-view You can now explore the Guggenheim rotunda galleries online via Google Street View Alexander Walter 2016-01-22T18:28:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:35:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cy/cyh7p3i6jjyf1k8h.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Online visitors from around the world can now explore the interior of the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright&ndash;designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum through Google Street View technology. Additionally, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, in collaboration with the Google Cultural Institute, has made available over 120 artworks from its collection for online viewing. [...] The Guggenheim&rsquo;s architecture presented unique challenges for Google&rsquo;s engineers and Street View team.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1l/1l3ku3vj1nwrban1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5r/5r54my4mtydqa7o0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yc/ycue6s3wwizi0uv7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dv/dv8zckcnvypx73g9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fr/fr0ktsot7iw5gk8n.jpg"></p><p>Ready to immerse yourself? Click <a href="https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/asset-viewer/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum-interior-streetview/jAHfbv3JGM2KaQ?projectId=art-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to start your stroll down the rotunda.</p><p><em>All images courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115731034/google-is-letting-you-visit-museums-around-the-world-using-street-view-and-youtube" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google is letting you visit museums around the world using Street View and Youtube</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135747100/google-street-view-captures-beautiful-public-space-transformations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Street View captures beautiful public space transformations</a></li><li><a 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></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/142537125/adapting-self-driving-cars-to-the-world-of-humans Adapting self-driving cars to the world of humans Nicholas Korody 2015-12-04T11:34:00-05:00 >2015-12-04T11:44:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ewci9ieb617zafvi.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The short history of autonomous vehicles has already shown us that in a closed environmement, cars that drive themselves are pretty great...the problems only&nbsp;begin when you introduce them to real world, non-autonomous environments [...] So Google's new patent makes sense: it contains some&nbsp;new idea on how the cars can communicate with pedestrians on the road as a kind of replacement for all the hand-waving and other non-mechanical signals used by drivers in road situations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In theory, driving mainly consists of looking through glass, turning a wheel, and putting pressure on one of two pedals. But, as everyone knows, in practice, driving means swerving to avoid tires on freeways, slamming on brakes to escape collisions, waving with your hand to signal to the driver at the stop sign to please, just go first. (I <em>know</em> we both got to the line at the same time. Seriously, <em>you </em>go. No? Not going to go? Fine,&nbsp;I'll go. Oh &ndash; nevermind, <em>now</em> you're going. <em>Really?</em>)</p><p>So it's not really a surprise that intelligent, rational self-driving cars have difficulty on streets overcrowded with irrational, hubristic humans. Most significantly, self-driving cars will have to be able to drive on city streets teeming with pedestrians. If pedestrian-automotive relations already seem bad, imagine trying to jaywalk in a city filled with robo-cabs.</p><p>To deal with this, Google has patented a slew of new ideas, including a "physical signalling system" that would comprise some kind of mechani...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43 "In LiDAR We Trust" – Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-19T17:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T22:24:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fqz62vcxkh5v1ytv.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Long-time Archinector and <a href="http://bldgblog.blogspot.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BLDGBLOG</a>-runner Geoff Manaugh joins us on the podcast this week to discuss his piece on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140950638/the-algorithmic-dreams-of-driverless-cars-and-how-they-might-affect-real-world-urban-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Dream Life of Driverless Cars"</a> for the&nbsp;<em>New York Times Magazine</em>. Referencing work like that of London-based design studio, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/60375794/scanlab-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ScanLAB Projects</a>, who use LiDAR (light + radar) technology to map how autonomous vehicles see and understand the built environment, Manaugh spoke with us about how these vehicles could potentially change the structures and sensations of our cities &ndash; and all the unknowns that accompany such speculation.</p><p>We also briefly touch on the recent news of<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140943386/cheesesteak-and-democracy-philadelphia-named-first-unesco-world-heritage-city-in-the-u-s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Philadelphia becoming an UNESCO World Heritage site</a>;&nbsp;the first city in the U.S. to receive such status.&nbsp;This episode is sponsored by BQE's ArchiOffice.</p><p>Listen to episode 43 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "In LiDAR We Trust":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to liste...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141200934/new-renderings-of-superpier-google-s-new-nyc-digs-bourdain-food-market-to-arrive-in-2018 New Renderings of SuperPier: Google’s New NYC Digs + Bourdain Food Market To Arrive in 2018 Alyssa Alimurung 2015-11-16T11:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:44:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uu/uuvmum9jiuxkz98n.jpg" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last month, Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President at RXR Realty, shared a presentation regarding the development of the long-planned rehabilitation and conversion of Pier 57 aka &ldquo;SuperPier.&rdquo; According to him, the 450,000-square-foot development will invest $350 million of private capital to redevelop the structure, and in return create hundreds of jobs, generate millions of dollars of revenue for the Hudson River Park Trust, and create a new destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike.</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/139876820/google-flux-healthy-building-network-and-thinkstep-launch-quartz-database-a-resource-for-comparing-building-material-sustainability Google, Flux, Healthy Building Network and thinkstep launch Quartz database: a resource for comparing building material sustainability Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-27T14:32:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T23:20:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/dfu2jfe8aywhu0hl.jpg" width="514" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Choosing building materials is a delicate balance of factors &ndash; looks, quality, price, environmental impact and sustainability all contribute to the success and overall value of the product. When data about building materials are illegible or biased, the construction process can become convoluted and compromise the final structure, straining the architect&rsquo;s role in the process.</p><p>Hoping to streamline and vet a resource for the overall health and utility of building materials, Google, <a href="https://www.healthybuilding.net/content/about-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Healthy Building Network</a> (HBN), <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/127320343/flux-factory-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flux</a>, and <a href="https://www.thinkstep.com/what-we-do" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thinkstep</a> have formed <a href="http://www.quartzproject.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Quartz database</a>: a place where AEC professionals as well as the general public can review a &ldquo;common dataset&rdquo; of building materials&rsquo; effects on both human and environmental health, ultimately to support a more sustainable built environment.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/36/36atvpaw1nstubip.png"></p><p>Born out of the year-old Quartz Project, which was (according to a Quartz press release)&nbsp;formed to &ldquo;promote the transparency of building product information&rdquo;, the Quartz database aims to create a new AEC i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136883678/apple-and-google-are-poised-to-shake-up-the-auto-industry Apple and Google are poised to shake up the auto industry Nicholas Korody 2015-09-17T14:14:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T21:33:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/57/57iy7r47uzvgdn31.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year, &ldquo;connectivity&rdquo; has supplanted &ldquo;horsepower&rdquo; or &ldquo;torque&rdquo; as the prevailing buzzword in Frankfurt. The talk is of self-driving cars, battery-powered cars, and information technology designed to link cars with data networks to make driving safer and more efficient. Even though neither Apple nor Google is close to mass-producing a vehicle, nervousness about their intentions &mdash; which remain cloaked in mystery &mdash; is understandable.</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/135186246/do-contemporary-office-designs-upend-work-life-balance Do contemporary office designs upend work/life balance? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T13:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T17:34:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fz/fzb6yag3yesywo8o.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our world is now ideas driven and our environment needs to be energetic, inspiring and even provocative. Employers also want people to stay longer at work and making the space awesome certainly helps.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Many architects are designing home/work boundary-eroding office designs, which purposefully mimic the comforts of home to encourage creative employees to stay later. These designs have been embraced by a who's who of movers and shakers including Google, Facebook, and Disney. But is this shift toward longer hours a great boost to productivity?<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ruk3uib2dea4bf91.jpg"></p><p>In <em>The New Yorker</em>, Tim Wu cites stories of "people [being] scolded for not responding to e-mails after&nbsp;midnight." He&nbsp;argues that <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/you-really-dont-need-to-work-so-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You Really Don't Need to Work So Much</a>, making the case that "in white-collar jobs, the amount of work can expand infinitely through the generation of false necessities&mdash;that is, reasons for driving people as hard as possible that have nothing to do with real social or economic needs." What agency should architects take in shaping future work environments?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For more on workplace design:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133034307/work-on-work-exhibition-turns-public-space-into-office-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Work on Work" exhibition turns public space into office space</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a title="Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architectu...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134055238/venice-beach-s-ongoing-grapple-with-the-tech-titan-invasion Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion Justine Testado 2015-08-11T21:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T20:10:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvuct6smle6rp976.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Slapped in the face is exactly how many Venetians are feeling by the tidal wave of new money. And the local tech boom, prompting 'Silicon Beach' references around town, is just one source of it</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105336559/the-rise-and-spectacular-fall-of-venice-beach-s-pacific-ocean-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park</a></p><p><a title="Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133571706/are-apps-the-virtual-gateway-to-physical-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?</a></p><p><a title="Oren Safdie's play &quot;False Solution&quot; finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99370499/oren-safdie-s-play-false-solution-finishes-up-its-3-week-run-this-weekend-in-santa-monica" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oren Safdie's play "False Solution" finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica</a></p><p><a title="Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130260144/those-hipster-millennials-might-not-be-the-true-gentrifiers-of-u-s-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132566360/architects-are-not-the-creators-of-the-city-but-the-midwives-says-bjarke-ingels "[Architects] are not the creators of the city, but the midwives" says Bjarke Ingels Julia Ingalls 2015-07-23T13:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T12:15:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/if1e2w4z7ef1bb72.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a fifty-one minute conversation with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2332/new-york-times" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times</a> critic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/15010/michael-kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127173702/bjarke-ingels-wants-to-make-the-world-of-the-future-more-like-our-dreams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> does little to dispel his reputation as a media-friendly starchitect who dances his way around thorny design issues by reminding everyone of the rose. When Kimmelman brings up the wind issues that an 80th story outdoor space (such as the ones proposed for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129172637/renderings-of-big-designed-two-world-trade-center-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two World Trade Center</a>) is likely to encounter, Ingels relates an anecdote about how in Denmark the only car to have is a convertible, because even if the pleasant days are rare, they must be savored fully.</p><p>However, it is Ingels' redefinition of the architect's role, especially in the context of&nbsp;the&nbsp;discussion about how to shape the future cultural vibe of Manhattan, that makes Kimmelman shift in&nbsp;his&nbsp;seat:&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ingels: [Architects] are not the creators of the city, but the midwives.</p><p>Kimmelman: You make the architect sound a little more passive or receptive than maybe I'm comfortable with. Do you think the architect is just receiving other peopl...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131421993/waze-takes-on-the-ride-sharing-market-with-new-carpooling-app Waze takes on the ride-sharing market with new carpooling app Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-08T17:26:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T17:26:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ho/hor87xztbdwc62cb.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>RideWith is a spinoff of the Google-owned Israeli traffic app Waze, and is designed to help users meet up with a driver who has a similar commute. In the interest of time, money and potentially the environment, passengers can pay drivers who are already taking similar routes. [...] Drivers using RideWith are only allowed to make two trips a day &mdash; intended to be the commute to and from work &mdash; and therefore wouldn&rsquo;t be able to use the app for any notable revenue.</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/130972585/could-google-s-sidewalk-labs-help-alleviate-urban-city-problems Could Google's Sidewalk Labs help alleviate urban city problems? Justine Testado 2015-07-03T12:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T13:07:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0t7jeaj3kktvpdy0.jpg" width="514" height="195" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s this inevitable dichotomy between data and real life that will likely define [Google's] Sidewalk Labs...There&rsquo;s a naivety to their worldview that might help to get things done inside a company but could prove a hurdle to progress in the public realm. Yes, the region does need more housing, but the politics of how, where, and when that housing is built are far more nuanced than Google can apparently handle.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The cloud of speculation surrounding Google as of late only grows bigger with the tech giant's&nbsp; recent launch of its independent start-up, <a href="http://sidewalkinc.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk Labs</a>. Charging further into Google's real-world endeavors, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/technology/sidewalk-labs-a-start-up-created-by-google-has-bold-aims-to-improve-city-living.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"urban innovation company"</a> vies "to improve city life for everyone through the application of technology to solve urban problems" like curbing energy use, creating more affordable housing, cutting pollution, and streamlining transportation. Could Sidewalk Labs potentially ease the growing pains of real-life urban cities, or is Google just spewing more technocratic rhetoric?</p> 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>