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  • Welcome to Google Town
  • Welcome to Google Town
    Google / Heatherwick / BIG (2015) ©

Welcome to Google Town

Google has already conquered the digital realm, and now it wants to remodel the physical world. Having drafted in some of the world’s most ambitious architects, the plan for its new HQ is a multi-use community built from scratch, for Googlers and non-Googlers alike.



  • Article image Markthal Rotterdam: more than just a marketplace

    It may be known as ‘the Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam’, but Markthal Rotterdam is not a religious monument – it’s a market. Part market hall, part housing development, part cultural hub, it boasts food stores and restaurants alongside over 200 apartments. Is this what markets will look like in the future?

  • Article image Roppongi Hills: a cultural oasis in the heart of Tokyo

    Tokyo is often perceived as a disjointed concrete jungle. Roppongi Hills challenges this assumption by putting all life’s essentials – from museums to office space – under one roof, wrapped up in almost three hectares of foliage. Is this what the cities of the future will look like?

  • Article image Tianjin Eco-City: a greener life for Chinese urbanites

    The Chinese urban population is set to increase by 13 million every year between now and 2030. But with 95% of China’s cities falling short of environmental standards, the government is urgently seeking greener models for urban living. Will eco-cities be China’s cities of the future?

  • Article image Seoul Sharing City: borrow from your neighbours

    Seoul has embraced peer-to-peer businesses and become the sharing economy’s model city. Now, the Sharing City initiative is turning it into a blueprint for city governance. But what makes Seoul ideal for this experiment? And what’s really driving Koreans to embrace sharing?