Archinect - News 2014-09-02T01:01:44-04:00 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 >2014-08-29T13:56:41-04:00 <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> http://archinect.com/news/article/79381636/ucla-s-patricia-greenfield-tracks-urban-psychology-with-words UCLA's Patricia Greenfield Tracks Urban Psychology With Words Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-13T18:21:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T21:10:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mn/mnjw9qep5dkzoz1x.jpg" width="514" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a society slowly urbanizes over time, its psychology and culture change, too... If American culture and psychology grew more individualistic as the country urbanized, wouldn't that transformation be clear in the words from American books (and the concepts that lie behind them)?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Urban and rural environments impact personal psychology differently, according to research published by UCLA psychologist Patricia Greenfield in&nbsp;<a href="http://pss.sagepub.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Psychological Science</a>. While observational evidence may draw a clear line between current city- and country-mindsets, Greenfield's source material draws on data from over 200 years of publishing in the United States. Using <a href="http://books.google.com/ngrams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Books Ngram Viewer</a>, Greenfield tracked English words that refer to certain trends or larger ideas, such as "obliged" vs. "choose", to see if urbanization accompanies a more individualistic mentality. It's given that a word's frequency of use will change over time, but seeing how that frequency correlates with urbanization is an exciting metric for the collective urban unconscious.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77989970/driven-away-the-role-of-urban-planning-in-a-car-dependent-society Driven Away: The Role of Urban Planning in a Car-Dependent Society Justine Testado 2013-07-26T17:46:00-04:00 >2013-08-01T18:47:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/ifi7nhmak7l6tp59.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Ultimately people can&rsquo;t get around conveniently because they are far away from everything.&rdquo; And it is this observation that for me epitomizes the problem of the driverless car &mdash; it&rsquo;s the worst kind of solutionism. By becoming so enamored with how technology might transform the car, we&rsquo;ve neglected to adequately explore how getting rid of cars might transform how and where we live. We&rsquo;d do well to heed Gorz&rsquo;s exhortation to &ldquo;never make transportation an issue by itself.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s26q34d1dowulsga.jpg" title=""><br><br> It's a given that America continues to be a car-obsessed society despite the more painstaking reality of driving a car in many major cities of today.&nbsp; In <a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/23/driving-sideways/?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, editor Allison Arieff of <a href="http://www.spur.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPUR</a> points out that the U.S. is <em>still</em> fixated on selling, using and enhancing the car when commuters are carpooling more and buying fewer cars.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9f28a1da135df094eefdb9dfae84c40.jpg" title=""><br><br> Furthermore, Arieff gets to the root of the problem by pointing out the negative impacts that a car-dependent culture has on public transportation and the even more complex issue of urban sprawl--both which are in need of more attention and innovation. As Arieff mentions in her article, cars aren't what make up the city--it's the city itself. Taking that into account, urban planners have a crucial role in making the Land of the Free less dependent on the car.</p> <p> Do you agree with Arieff? What's your take on the issue? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/61394048/u-s-green-building-council-announces-3-million-grant-from-google U.S. Green Building Council Announces $3 Million Grant from Google Archinect 2012-11-14T17:30:00-05:00 >2012-11-19T18:05:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zx/zx0tiypay0sxrrvs.jpg" width="514" height="180" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today, on the main stage at its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, a $3 million grant from Google that will catalyze the transformation of the building materials industry and accelerate the creation of healthier indoor environments.</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/58027971/california-legalizes-driverless-cars California Legalizes Driverless Cars Archinect 2012-09-25T20:34:00-04:00 >2012-09-28T09:23:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/32/3264a68da62197086be4e45e7678a687.jpg" width="514" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Tuesday at Google&rsquo;s headquarters, the governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed into law a bill to legalize driverless cars. The bill had overwhelmingly passed the State Legislature. Google, which has been building the cars, says they are safer because they nearly eliminate human error. They could also be more fuel-efficient, the company says, and place California and the United States at the forefront of automobile innovation.</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/56775118/how-google-builds-its-maps-and-what-it-means-for-the-future-of-everything How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything Paul Petrunia 2012-09-06T18:03:00-04:00 >2012-09-11T09:34:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14706d10e5f8b48ab99170aa0b799a21.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's common when we discuss the future of maps to reference the Borgesian dream of a 1:1 map of the entire world. It seems like a ridiculous notion that we would need a complete representation of the world when we already have the world itself. But to take scholar Nathan Jurgenson's conception of augmented reality seriously, we would have to believe that every physical space is, in his words, "interpenetrated" with information. All physical spaces already are also informational spaces.</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/55702230/google-world-wonders-project Google World Wonders Project Archinect 2012-08-21T20:34:00-04:00 >2012-08-23T19:47:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/3673c850a0b1717ed39596a9b254baae.jpg" width="514" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our World Wonders Project is also supported by a broad, connected suite of other Google technologies, bringing wonders of the world within reach of an unprecedented global audience. The project website also provides a window to 3D models, YouTube videos and photography of the famous heritage sites. Together with partners including UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund and Cyark, the World Wonders Project is preserving the world heritage sites for future generations.</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/46610332/tilt-tables-and-google-maps-make-a-game-out-of-environments Tilt-tables and Google Maps make a game out of environments Ian Smith 2012-04-28T17:17:00-04:00 >2012-04-30T12:09:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p4/p4wdyv8vdujhcftb.jpg" width="514" height="529" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> How much have books or film influenced your sense and recognition of place were you've never been before? And how about games, as developers push for more accurate and realistic map models? How will the ability to interface with all aspects of real-world data affect our future perception of space and&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.playmapscube.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">place</a>?</em></p> <p> Built using <a href="http://maps.google.com/help/maps/starthere/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Start Here</a> technology.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/43945085/google-saves-energy-by-cooling-its-buildings-with-ice Google saves energy by cooling its buildings with ice Archinect 2012-04-05T15:04:00-04:00 >2012-04-08T12:16:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qw/qwbxbhzlw8i79kq0.jpg" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google&rsquo;s new $700 million data centers in Taiwan will make ice at night, when electricity is significantly cheaper, and use it to cool the buildings during the day, reports Rich Miller at Data Center Knowledge. It&rsquo;s called thermal storage, and it&rsquo;s basically a battery, but for air conditioning.</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/39236405/google-glasses-adding-a-virtual-layer-to-the-physical-environment Google Glasses - adding a virtual layer to the physical environment Paul Petrunia 2012-02-24T19:48:00-05:00 >2012-02-25T09:46:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2t994bu1zwxat4d7.jpg" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The glasses will use the same Android software that powers Android smartphones and tablets... equipped with GPS and motion sensors. They will also contain a camera and audio inputs and outputs. Through the built-in camera on the glasses, Google will be able to stream images to its rack computers and return augmented reality information to the person wearing them. For instance, a person looking at a landmark could see detailed historical information and comments about it left by friends.</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/31484263/google-s-newest-office-looks-like-a-space-station-with-foosball-tables Google's Newest Office Looks Like A Space Station With Foosball Tables Alexander Walter 2011-12-19T12:25:02-05:00 >2011-12-30T18:00:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7b1e0344ad6af75d8ab4e410c38e454.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by PENSON, Google Engineering's new London offices are a giddy exercise in science fiction set decoration, replete with smooth white surfaces and bold solid colors. I'll admit that as I paged through the publicity images, it was a little hard to take them seriously.</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/22064222/google-rent-your-solar-panels-from-us Google: Rent your solar panels from us Archinect 2011-09-28T20:05:08-04:00 >2011-10-02T17:39:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/4516a8711fd164c81f4323a016d08e6b.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google, the investor in this case, will technically own the solar panels, while the maintenance and upkeep responsibility of the solar panels stays with the installer and Clean Power Finance. The homeowners, who are essentially giving roof space in exchange for a chance to buy solar-generated electricity, will pay a monthly fee. Google's return on investment comes via the electricity that is generated by the solar panels and sold to customers.</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/16240670/google-to-build-its-own-office-space Google to build its own office space Archinect 2011-08-08T17:51:01-04:00 >2011-08-08T19:05:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s0/s0dki4kiod561abt.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google has hired Ingenhoven Architects, a German firm that specializes in sustainable architecture and has completed award-winning green designs from Sydney to Stuttgart, to develop plans for what could total nearly 600,000 square feet of space. Google currently owns or leases about 4.3 million square feet of space in Mountain View, according to its securities filings.</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/5971010/google-lobbies-nevada-to-allow-self-driving-cars Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Self-Driving Cars Paul Petrunia 2011-05-11T11:06:00-04:00 >2011-05-11T11:07:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e44n3rw726f08pv.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google&rsquo;s self-driving cars might soon become more than a pet project. The company is quietly lobbying legislators to make Nevada the first state to allow autonomous vehicles on public roads. Google has created a line of self-driving hybrids, including six Toyota Priuses and an Audi TT. The vehicles have been tested on more than 140,000 miles of California roads, at least 1,000 of which were driven fully autonomously.</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/5751171/google-hires-ingenhoven-architects-to-design-new-green-offices Google hires Ingenhoven Architects to design new green offices Paul Petrunia 2011-05-09T13:30:41-04:00 >2011-05-09T19:11:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/99txhp8nmho0ky18.jpg" width="514" height="181" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google has hired Ingenhoven Architects, a German firm that specializes in sustainable architecture and has completed award-winning green designs from Sydney to Stuttgart, to develop plans for what could total nearly 600,000 square feet of space. Google currently owns or leases about 4.3 million square feet of space in Mountain View, according to its securities filings.</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>