NEW APPLE CAMPUS PROPOSAL By Norman Foster

It is noteworthy that the week that Apple became the worlds largest company by stock market capitalization ( a suspect measure if there ever was one) , they should release the information that their new campus `(read corporate head office) should be officially submitted to the Cupertino City Council from OpenBuildings by Antonina Ilieva.  Looking not unlike an alien craft landed in a forested field, it reminds me of a ‘future” that is forever prejudiced by having been designed in the past…. as science fiction author William Gibson stated “the future has already arrived – its just not evenly distributed yet”

image: Foster + Partners; Apple Inc.

If you love Apple and fine ingenious design as much as we do, you will be thrilled to hear that the beautiful, environmentally-aware Foster + Partners designed new Apple Campus is now one step closer to becoming a reality. The Cupertino City Council has just announced that Apple Inc. has submitted a development proposal for their new Apple Campus. Continue reading

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

Found on architekturvideo.de  by Dogwoof Documentary

The film traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design.

Portrayed are Foster’s origins and how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the largest building in the world Beijing Airport, the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York and works such as the tallest bridge ever in Millau France. In the very near future, the majority of mankind will abandon the countryside and live entirely in cities. Foster offers some striking solutions to the problems that this historic event will create.

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Foster + Partners win bid for West Kowloon Cultural district- via dezeen

Dezeenwire: architects Foster + Partners’ City Park proposal has been selected as the preferred option for the  masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, beating designs byOMA and Rocco Design Architects.

The decision was announced today by the Board of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA).

Foster + Partners’ masterplan for West Kowloon Cultural District, on a reclaimed harbour-front site, has been launched in Hong Kong. ‘City Park’ will capture and recreate the unique character, the DNA, that makes Hong Kong such a great city. At its heart, a 23-hectare great park and a green avenue will provide a landscaped setting for a series of spectacular new cultural buildings – the jewels in Hong Kong’s architectural crown. These new buildings will be approachable and welcoming – places for both high culture and popular enjoyment.

Watch Norman Foster on the Park Website

West Kowloon Cultural District by Foster and partners

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Their proposal for the 40 hectare site will have seventeen cultural venues such as concert halls, as well as 30,000 square-metres of arts education facilities.

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