Carlo Ratti and Sidewalk Labs collaborate to build reconfigurable Dynamic Street

Italian architect Carlo Ratti and Alphabet company Sidewalk Labs have worked together on a modular paving system that can change the use of a street throughout the day. Dynamic Street is a prototype paver developed by Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) alongside Sidewalk Labs — the urbanism-focused subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet. The system of

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“It takes 40 or 50 years to update an industrial landscape. We want to speed that up,” says Sidewalk Labs urban planner

After disrupting our online activities, Google’s parent company now wants to disrupt how cities work. Dezeen spoke to Rohit Aggarwala, head of urban systems at Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, as it gears up to redevelop a major chunk of Toronto. Aggarwala’s team is building an experimental new district in Canada’s largest city, where the latest technologies

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BIG and Google team up for terraced offices in Sunnyvale

Architecture firm BIG is working on yet another project for Google, this time a pair of offices blocks with ramping roofs in Sunnyvale, California. Bjarke Ingels Group – which is also working with Heatherwick Studio on the Google HQ in neighbouring Mountain View and the company’s main offices in London – has now designed two

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to create high-tech “future city” on Toronto waterfront

Google’s parent company Alphabet has revealed plans to build a new district along the eastern waterfront of Toronto, which will use cutting-edge technology to pioneer a model for future urban developments. Unveiled earlier this week, Sidewalk Toronto is the brainchild of Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs. The company responded to an open call from Waterfront Toronto, which was seeking a partner to contribute

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Google finally reveals its plans for London HQ by BIG and Heatherwick

Two years after inviting Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick to design its new London campus, Google has submitted a planning application for a building featuring a huge rooftop garden, a running track and a swimming pool. Google submitted an application to Camden Council this week for a 93,000-square-metre structure – one of three buildings that will form a

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Google reveals latest designs by BIG and Heatherwick for new California HQ

Google has presented the latest designs for its new Mountain View office campus, designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio, ahead of a public hearing next week. In a 67-page document submitted to Mountain View City Council on 23 January 2017, the technology giant revealed extensive details of its plans for Google Charleston East, the company’s first purpose-built

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Zaha Hadid’s abstract paintings translated into immersive virtual reality experiences at Serpentine Gallery

Four of Zaha Hadid’s abstract paintings have been used to create animated virtual reality environments for an exhibition of her early work at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Zaha Hadid Virtual Reality Experience: The Great Utopia The Serpentine Galleries collaborated with Zaha Hadid Architects and Google Arts and Culture to create the virtual reality experiences, which form part of the

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BIG and Heatherwick Studios to design Google’s London headquarters

Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas Heatherwick have been confirmed as the designers of Google’s new London headquarters at King’s Cross, following rumours of their involvement. Google’s headquarters will occupy a 330-metre stretch of land between Regent’s Canal and King’s Cross station, where it will form part of a larger campus at King’s Cross that is to include offices by Mossessian

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BIG and Heatherwick rework Google HQ design for smaller Mountain View site

BIG and Heatherwick Studio have revealed their latest plans for Google’s California campus, after being forced to modify their ambitious design to fit a significantly smaller site. Submitted to the city planning department last month, the latest Mountain View proposal shows a highly compacted version of the original design, featuring a more regimented grid layout. Instead More

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AHMM no longer involved in Google’s London headquarters

British firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has confirmed it will no longer be working on Google’s new London headquarters, now that the project has been handed over to BIG and Heatherwick Studio. AHMM director Simon Allford told architecture website BD that the studio is no longer involved in the £650 million scheme at London’s King’s Cross, despite working on More

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Google granted planning permission for new King’s Cross offices

UK studio Mossessian Architecture’s 11-storey office building for Google in London’s King’s Cross has been given permission to start work. The S2 building for the tech company, which will be located behind Central Saint Martins arts college, was granted the go-ahead by Camden Council last week. Mossessian Architecture’s design features a large roof terrace complete More

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Google drafts in Thomas Heatherwick for delayed London HQ project

Thomas Heatherwick has reportedly been brought in to work on Google’s new London headquarters after plans by architecture firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris were deemed too boring. The British designer – who is already working on Google’s California campus in partnership with Danish architect Bjarke Ingels – has been asked to draw up new plans for the internet giant’s London base, […]

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Google reveals new site for Mountain View headquarters by BIG and Heatherwick

Google has found another way to begin construction on its vast Silicon Valley campus designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio – despite losing its original land bid to social network LinkedIn. The future of Google’s proposed California headquarters was thrown into jeopardy last month when the business was allotted just a quarter of the land required to build it. But the […]

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Robots will be used to construct BIG and Heatherwick’s Google HQ

Google’s new California headquarters by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick is set to be built using robot-crane hybrids. Reports initially surfaced in February claiming that construction of the proposed Google North Bayshore campus in Mountain View will include the use of “crabots” – machines that reportedly combine robotic technologies with traditional cranes. This has now been substantiated by UK magazine the Architects’ Journal, which claims […]

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Google’s new HQ will be “more like a workshop than a corporate office” says Bjarke Ingels

Exclusive: BIG founder Bjarke Ingels says Google’s ambitions for its Silicon Valley campus had to be reigned in to create a unique working environment that is “buildable and doable” (+ movie). Speaking to Dezeen today, Ingels said that he and project collaborator Thomas Heatherwick are aiming to set the “industry standard” for workplace design with Google’s new headquarters in Mountain View, California. […]
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BIG and Heatherwick unveil “vibrant new neighbourhood” for Google’s California HQ

News: Google has released a movie detailing its plans for a new California headquarters designed by the studios of Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick. Danish firm BIG and London-based Heatherwick Studio plan to redevelop four sites in Mountain View, California to create the Google campus – marking the first time the internet giant has designed and built an […]
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Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick to design Google’s new California HQ

News: BIG and Heatherwick Studio are collaborating on a new headquarters building for Google in Mountain View, California. According to the New York Times, the pair are working on “a series of canopy-like buildings” for the internet giant, which have not been made public but have been discussed with members of Mountain View City Council. Related story: […]
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