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Google's Plan for the Future of its Campus Would Shift the Expectations for Corporate Campuses

Fast Company details the ambitions of a plan that would add thousands of homes, open space, and commercial development to the home of Google in the Silicon Valley.
September 25, 2019, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Adele Peters reports on Google's plans to transform its headquarters in Mountain View, California—currently the stereotypical picture of a suburban corporate campus—into a walkable, liveable neighborhood.

[T]he designers working with Google on the redesign hope that it can become a model for turning other pavement-filled suburbs into green spaces where people are less likely to drive," according to Peters.

In addition to 5,700 new homes, "[t]he plan calls for 3.12 million square feet of office space and as much as 400,000 square feet of new retail space along with the homes," according to Peters. "Twenty percent of the housing will be affordable. It’s a response to a plan passed by the city in 2017 that rezoned the area, called the North Bayshore district..."

According to Laura Crescimano, quoted in the article as the founder of Sitelab Urban Studio, the urban design and strategy firm that led the creation of a proposed plan, the plan attempts to address the region's housing shortage as well as reducing car trips.

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Published on Monday, September 23, 2019 in Fast Company
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