Google is going to get its fancy headquarters after all thanks to LinkedIn deal

July 14, 2016 by  
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Tech giant Google  will be able to build its massive canopied greenhouse headquarters designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio after all. When the Mountain View City Council gave most of the land Google needed for the new HQ design to LinkedIn last year, most people thought Google wouldn’t get to build the ambitious project after all. Heatherwick and BIG even a revealed scaled-down design  in the hopes of making things work. But after cutting a three million square feet land deal with LinkedIn, Google can now have the original design  it always wanted. The land deal includes 2.4 million square feet of real estate that’s not yet developed, and 1 million square feet of developed land, which includes LinkedIn’s present HQ. The swap will allow Google to pursue their original designs, and LinkedIn will be able to construct a new cohesive HQ. Related: BIG and Heatherwick unveil scaled-down designs for Google’s Mountain View HQ It seems like the city of Mountain View is pleased with the deal as well. Mountain View Director of Community Development Randy Tsuda told the Silicon Valley Business Journal, “This actually works out well for both parties, and the city of Mountain View.” Mountain View Mayor Pat Showalter said the city “look[s] forward to continuing our relationships with these active corporate citizens.” Some of Google’s plans will still have to go through the Mountain View City Council, such as the tech giant’s dream of constructing housing on one of the sites where LinkedIn had once planned to put their new HQ, Shoreline Commons. LinkedIn’s plans had included retail stores and restaurants, and Mountain View officials have expressed a desire to see some of those plans go through. Syufy owns around 15 acres of Shoreline Commons and planned to build a health club and movie theater there, and Google VP of Real Estate and Workplace Services, Northern California Mark Golan said Google is “generally supportive” of some of those ideas. Golan said, “It’s almost serendipity in terms of the holdings both parties had. It’s a very creative solution we think led to a win for everyone.” Via ArchDaily and the Silicon Valley Business Journal Images © Google/BIG/Heatherwick Studio

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BIG and Heatherwick unveil scaled-down designs for Google’s Mountain View HQ

April 5, 2016 by  
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Google’s driverless car causes an accident for the first time

March 1, 2016 by  
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This week, one of Google’s autonomous vehicles was involved in a minor fender-bender when the car backed into the side of a passing bus. While the self-driving cars have been involved in traffic accidents before , the company has always maintained that the crashes were caused by human drivers sharing the road with the vehicles. In this case, Google is accepting “partial responsibility” for the accident – a first for the company – and is working on changing its software to avoid such incidents in the future. Read the rest of Google’s driverless car causes an accident for the first time

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BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ

February 26, 2015 by  
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Heatherwick Studio and the Bjarke Ingels Group have confirmed that the two firms are set to collaborate on Google’s new headquarters. Little is known about the new Googleplex, other than that it will comprise of a series of “canopy like buildings,” the plans for which have been shared with city council members. But between Heatherwick’s artful structures and Bjarke Ingels ‘ radical designs, expectations are high for a striking new addition to Mountain View. Read the rest of BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “office building” , big , bike parks , bjarke ingels , campus , google HQ , googleplex , Green Building , headquarters , Heatherwick Studio , housing , mountain view , silicon valley , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , thomas heatherwick

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MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

February 26, 2015 by  
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MVRDV has received approval to renovate a 1970s complex in Paris and transform it into a mixed-use development that “reintroduces the lost human scale.” This colorful version of the Ilôt Vandamme block, originally designed by French architect Pierre Dufau, will include a shopping center, offices, a hotel, housing, a kindergarten, a library and underground parking. Read the rest of MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dutch Architects , facade design , green renovation , mixed-use development , modular design , modular facade , modular housing , MVRDV , Paris

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

June 28, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged – all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin discovered, the starches and cellulose contained in their outer layer can also be used to create materials that insulate wires and form medical protheses. Bilgin developed a chemical process that turns the peels into a non-decaying bioplastic that she hopes will help replace the need for petroleum and combat pollution. Bilgin’s endeavors won her the top prize and $50,000 at the Scientific American Science in Action competition, as well as the honor of becoming a finalist in the Google Science Fair . Read the rest of Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ann makosinksi , banana , bioplastic , canada , elif bilgin , fruit , Google Science Fair , marie curie , mountain view , peel , petroleum , science in action , scientific american , thomas edison , turkey        

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Communauto Introduces 100% Electric Car Sharing Service in Montreal

June 28, 2013 by  
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Communauto , the oldest car sharing service in North America, has introduced a 100% electric one-way car sharing pilot program in the Montreal borough of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal called Auto-mobile. One-way car sharing allows users to pick up a vehicle at one point and take it another destination without having to return it. Twenty vehicles will be introduced to the borough for one-way car sharing. The reason behind the pilot program is to analyze the benefits and impacts of one-way car sharing and if the program proves successful, more vehicles will be added to the fleet. Read the rest of Communauto Introduces 100% Electric Car Sharing Service in Montreal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: auto-mobile , benoit robert , bixi , car sharing with reservation , communauto , communauto subscribers , electric vehicles , le plateau-mont-royal , Nissan Leaf , one-way car sharing , one-way car sharing pilot program , OPUS card , stm , using transit card for car sharing        

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6 Mouthwatering ‘Adults Only’ Gourmet Popsicle Recipes for Summer

June 28, 2013 by  
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Google Unveils Plans for Enormous Green-Roofed Expansion of California Headquarters

February 26, 2013 by  
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Google has been cleaning up existing buildings in cities across the globe, from San Francisco to Berlin, turning them into colorful work and play environments that every cubicle worker probably envies. But now the company has unveiled plans to build a structure anew as an extension to their current headquarters in Mountain View, California. The corporate giant gave Vanity Fair the exclusive scoop on the planned expansion conceived in collaboration with Seattle-based design firm NBBJ . Read the rest of Google Unveils Plans for Enormous Green-Roofed Expansion of California Headquarters Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , Bay View , California , corporate , creative collaboration , Daylighting , eco design , Google , googleplex , green design , headquarters , mountain view , NBBJ , new build , radiant floor heating , sustainable design

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Global Coral Bleaching Could Occur by 2056, New Study Shows

February 26, 2013 by  
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JonMilnes / Shutterstock Coral bleaching occurs when sea temperatures rise and kill algae that is the source of both color and food for most corals around the globe, and a new study shows that by 2056, there could be mass bleaching if current greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated. The results of NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies study published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week. Researchers used data from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to demonstrate that unless significant measures are taken to reduce emissions, annual mass bleaching could occur in 74 percent of coral by 2045. Read the rest of Global Coral Bleaching Could Occur by 2056, New Study Shows Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , carbon emissions , climate models , CO2 , coral bleaching , coral reef , Environment , environmental destruction , global warming , greenhouse gas emissions , IPCC , mass bleaching events , nature climate change , News , NOAA , science

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