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on Jun 6, 2011
Google's expansion is good news for Mountain View but there are some drawbacks. Since there's really no room now for another major company in Mountain View all of Mountain View's eggs are in the Google basket. That will surely come back to haunt us. Sooner or later Google will hit a bump in the road (see Cisco). Also, without another major company in Mountain View, Google has the economic leverage to force any terms and conditions that they want.
Google Headquarters is Mountain View.
Symantec and Microsoft's HQ are elsewhere.
When Google hits a bump they'd more likely shrink their peripheral locations more than headquarters. Likely Microsoft would shrink their footprint in Mountain View so than Redmond.
Mountain View is Google's Redmond.
I believe the Mountain View City Council would be wise to accommodate Google's growth for the immense benefit of Mountain View.
As a resident of Santiago Villa mobile home park, I have been wondering what Google's intentions are with respect to our community. We are never mentioned when articles like this one appear. After researching the issue on the city's web site, my conclusion is that either A) the protections against mobile park closings are as strong as they appear, and Google has no interest in us, or B) we are squarely in Google's sights, but we won't find out about it until the last minute.
"all our eggs in the Google basket"
Funny, I warned of that in my campaign brochure last year....
What economic recovery???
Looks like Google and Apple are battling it out architecturally in the "world's greenest office building" category, as well:
Would like to see Google create a truly green and a beautiful artful building that is one with its environment in a whole new way, one that takes the long view in mind and is innovative, ground-breaking.
Aren't we all tired of the same old glass and steel construction? what happens if the sea level rises faster than predicted? I'd like to see new construction that borrows from seven wonders of the world, and is something between the Pyramids of Egypt and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. I'd like a building that has exterior habitat for people and animals> make a mountain of a building that people can walk up, garden on different levels, sit on the top and enjoy views of the bay and a nice croissant and good coffee. Maybe the building arises as in a snail spiral, or maybe it ramps up the side of a flat topped pyramid shape-why not add a labyrinth for meditation and comtemplation -on the building! Make it so the person on the ground floor can go for a run up and around and down=on the building. Think Sumerian meets Egypt meets California Arts & Craft Movement, bring the wonderful weather indoors and the work place outdoors where people can exercise and share ideas at the same time. Note: I believe pyramids are also very stable with regards to earthquakes. Adding plants and dirt to the outside of the building will insulate it and keep the temperature a nice constant without having to air condition or heat it all the time.You can have solar panels too.
"Google has hired a new architect for the expanded project, Germany-based Ingenhoven Architects. The design firm's impressive resume includes the Frankfurt Lufthansa headquarters, which uses one third the energy of a typical office building, as well as the design of the new Stuttgart main train station, which is a "carbon free and zero energy building" that requires no power for heating, cooling or ventilation."
Ingenhoven's design for the new Stuttgart main train station is detested by most of the people of Stuttgart. It calls for the demolition of much of the existing station building, a listed architectural monument designed by Paul Bonatz which was completed in 1928 and which does its job extremely well.
In a piece about Ingenhoven's design in the New York Times, Nicolai Ouroussof wrote:
"...the design shows a callous disregard for architectural history. Its construction would require the partial destruction of one of the city's most recognizable landmarks: the Hauptbahnhof, Paul Bonatz's Stuttgart central rail terminal, a monument of early German Modernism built from 1914 to 1928. And in a particularly perverse gesture of "facadism" a favorite tactic of bureaucrats and developers in which a few architectural elements are preserved while the rest of a structure is bulldozed it would leave the station's main hall and tower standing like some architectural amputee. Even more troubling, Stuttgart 21 joins a growing list of misguided projects that are reducing Germany's 20th-century architectural history to a fairy tale version of the truth."
Google (how ironic) "The Stuttgart Main Station" to find out more about the 1928 station.
The new station will be underground and require far more power than the existing one for escalators, elevators and lighting. There is still no adequate emergency evacuation concept for people with restricted mobility. Yes, Ingenhoven won an award for the "sustainable architecture" of his station, but it was sponsored by the cement company that stands to do very nicely out the project.
As for Ingenhoven's station requiring no power for "heating, cooling or ventilation": most railway stations that aren't in places like Murmansk or Bangkok don't have heating, cooling or ventilation systems for the platforms (that's what Ingenhoven's talking about - not the ticketing and shopping areas which will remain in what's left of the Bonatz building).
And how carbon-free is it to move thousands of tons of earth and pump away millions of gallons of groundwater?
The supergreen architect Ingenhoven has also forgotten to point out that some 280 trees (some of them 100 - 200 years old) in the park adjacent to the station will have to be felled to make way for the new, underground facility. How green is that?
An allegedly green ("no need for air conditioning") building designed by Ingenhoven in Essen turned into an energy guzzling disaster because it just didn't work. Air conditioning had to be installed to make it usable.
This week German rail company Deutsche Bahn will restart work on the project. It is expected that the South Wing of the 1928 station will be demolished in the near future. The demolition of the North Wing and felling of trees to make way for the project last autumn prompted 100,000 people to demonstrate against the project. That news story went around the world.
Why are Deutsche Bahn and the mayor of Stuttgart (and Ingenhoven) so keen to proceed with this project in the face of massive opposition?
Putting the railway station and approach tracks underground will free up a lot of valuable real estate - where Ingenhoven can build more of his glass boxes.
Google will probably come to regret the day they ever got involved with Ingenhoven. He is a public relations disaster waiting to happen.
Looks like Google and Apple are battling it out architecturally in the "world's greenest office building"
Synopsys may be moving to Sunnyvale:
Please exaplin what Google does for the community? It imports it workers from over seas. It pays no taxes. It contributes nothing.
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