Renovated Adobe headquarters channels design giants creative energy

March 5, 2018 by  
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When it came time to renovate creative software powerhouse Adobe’s headquarters in San Jose, it was abundantly clear that creativity and color would be central to the renovation. The firm tapped Gensler for the artful 143,000-square-foot redesign that’s sensitive to the environment and pays homage to the San Jose community. An artistic approach was applied throughout the building that’s furnished with locally made decor, emphasizes open and collaborative working environments, and offers a dazzling array of perks. Completed last year, Adobe’s newly renovated headquarters features new open workspaces, gathering areas, outdoor work areas, creative conference rooms, and amenities. The building houses 2,500 employees who have access to impressive perks that include a free onsite wellness center with fitness classes, meditation room, massage area, numerous and diverse eating options, on-site auto maintenance, dry cleaning, bicycle repair and rental, and open workspaces that embrace the indoor-outdoor experience. Natural light, outdoor access, and indoor greenery like the community garden and green wall highlight healthy working environments. Related: Adobe’s 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco Adobe, which moved its headquarters to San Jose in 1994, is now the largest tech firm in the downtown core. To celebrate the community and the city’s agricultural past, the Adobe headquarters is decorated with locally made rugs, furniture, and decor. The building’s Palettes cafe takes inspiration from the region’s orchard history with its green design and A-shaped art installation built of locally sourced orchard crates. Bright splashes of color and art installation point to the firm’s creative and innovative spirit. + Gensler Via ArchDaily Images © Emily Hagopian Photography

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Breezy solar-powered sponge house is in tune with nature

February 27, 2018 by  
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Nature is celebrated at every turn in The Country House, an environmentally conscious home that embraces indoor-outdoor living in Bien Hoa, Vietnam. Completed by 1+1> 2 Architects , the house immediately stands out from its neighbors with its sloped thatch roofs, a nod to Vietnam’s countryside vernacular and a natural cooling mechanism. Built mainly of natural materials , the home also wraps around a lushly landscaped courtyard and boasts a variety of energy-efficient systems from solar cells to rainwater collection. Hidden behind tall white walls and ringed by trees, the 440-square-meter Country House is a private oasis. The home is curved to wrap around a garden with a water feature. The architects placed the corridor on side of the home closest to the garden and left parts of it open to the sun and wind, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living. “The whole building structure considers human measurements,” wrote the architects, who describe it as a “sponge structure”. “Based on traditional experiences, the interaction between the inside and the outside within spacious architecture plays an important role. The lamellar solar protection made out of wood and appears along the corridor, with the roof, it creates a curved surface. Besides, the natural grey color of the thatch roof melts together with the garden.” Related: Rammed earth school in Vietnam blooms like a colorful jungle flower In addition to welcoming the outdoors in, the home also uses adobe for wall insulation and relies on solar rooftop panels for electricity. A 370-square-meter water tank collects rainwater reused for irrigation. + 1+1> 2 Architects Via ArchDaily Images by Son Vu

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Silicon Valley’s sustainability problem

December 5, 2016 by  
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Twenty-one tech giants, from Adobe to WD, are identified as leaders, yet trouble brews among their peers.

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How many jobs does clean energy create?

December 5, 2016 by  
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Jobs in solar power exceed those in oil, gas or coal extraction. And there are more surprises.

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Tesla, Stem boost business case for energy storage

July 13, 2015 by  
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High-power battery providers are wooing buyers including Adobe Systems and Extended Stay America hotels.

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USGBC sparks Healthy Buildings movement with help from Adobe to XL

October 28, 2013 by  
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The USGBC is teaming up with building companies, tech giants such as Adobe and Google, and healthcare providers to accelerate healthful building standards.

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Facebook, eBay, Adobe join Future of Internet Power group

July 2, 2013 by  
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Tech titans are working with BSR to reduce the Internet's growing carbon footprint. Here are five hurdles they must overcome.

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Facebook, eBay, Adobe join Future of Internet Power group

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Tech titans are working with BSR to reduce the Internet's growing carbon footprint. Here are five hurdles they must overcome.

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What I heard (and didn’t) at an electric utility convention

July 2, 2013 by  
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When utility CEOs gathered for the Edison Electric Institute meeting, the discussion didn’t include customer engagement or renewables. 

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Frankenstein’s Curious Biodegradable Designs Are Made of Sand, Water and Poo

March 5, 2011 by  
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Natural, local, long-lasting, cheap and biodegradable -  adobe just seems to be the perfect sustainable material for experimenting with new shapes! Inspired by her experience in India, designer  Karin Auran Frankenstein spent years helping locals make furniture based on this ancient construction method. Eventually the Swedish designer started her own line, taking the outdoors in by creating her own line of earthy objects. A collection of chairs, lamps, shelves and other products were born from her passion for exploring the possibilities of biodegradable, low-cost and local materials such as paper, sand, peat, straw, potato flour, chalk and even poo . Jump ahead for a look into her design process as well as some other curious objects.

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