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  • Futuristic "Apple City" Planned for Cupertino

    Apple has been working secretly with the world-renowned designer of the Hong Kong International Airport on the design of its new campus in Cupertino, according to a business publication in Spain. El Economista [googletrans] profiles "Apple City," which has been designed by Norman Foster - who also worked on the design of all-solar Masdar City in Abu Dhabi - to be at the cutting edge of energy efficiency and sustainability, and will feature a network of tunnels underground instead of roads connecting the buildings.

    The design process has reportedly been going on for months, but Apple just bought a disused 98-acre parcel of land from Hewlett-Packard for the new Apple City, right next to 50 acres the company bought back in 2006. The company is outgrowing its current headquarters at One Infinite Loop, Apple spokesman Steve Dowling told the San Jose Mercury News, saying "we now occupy 57 buildings in Cupertino and our campus is bursting at the seams." The acquisition of the new plot of land will allow the project to go forward.

    Apple City reportedly takes a lot of elements from the Foster + Partners design of Masdar City, which is being built from the ground up to be carbon-neutral and zero waste, with no cars allowed inside the city walls and personal rapid transit "pods" to take everyone around. Apple City will also be car-free, with all buildings connected by tunnels. In addition to giving employees an easier way around the 146-acre campus, which is split by Pruneridge Avenue and Interstate 280, the tunnels will also eliminate all roads and parking lots on the surface. "The buildings which will house the engineers and R&D will also be multifunctional and will incorporate cutting-edge technology in materials and equipment as well as renewable energy resources," El Economista's report says.

    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Futuristic "Apple City" Planned for Cupertino started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 56 Comments
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      That's definitely bad ***.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      drool............................................. .................................................. .............I want go there......................

      on a more comical note, this is the next step to Apple's (aka SkyNet) world domination!
    1. ZFrost's Avatar
      ZFrost -
      Wouldn't it just be cheap to buy the taj mahal?
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      iKingdom! Wow, that's crazy. I can see a line of cars driving by that place just to check it out.
    1. Christian Bale's Avatar
      Christian Bale -
      Skynet people...this is horrible.
    1. allanes5's Avatar
      allanes5 -
      Really Nice.
      I'd love a tour!!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I'd really like to see how they plan on making a building of this size carbon neutral.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      What the hell? This is just creepy.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      The building is gonna get horrible reception when you touch the walls.
    1. cory's Avatar
      cory -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      The building is gonna get horrible reception when you touch the walls.
      That just means you're touching it wrong...
    1. dpod2010's Avatar
      dpod2010 -
      That's just a copy of the BMW Welt building in Munich...

    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dpod2010 View Post
      That's just a copy of the BMW Welt building in Munich...

      Good call newborz. First post is full of win, I don't give thanks out until most deserved......

      Quote Originally Posted by cory View Post
      That just means you're touching it wrong...
      I'll have to walk on the ceiling to get to the other end correctly.
    1. Titan3636's Avatar
      Titan3636 -
      Where do I put in my application? Lol
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Looks awsome, eventually that city will just keep growing until the whole world is consumed by Apple
    1. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      Look what all the profits from that overpriced Apple stuff can buy.

      Garage extra....
    1. clockworkengine's Avatar
      clockworkengine -
      Steve Jobs won't give us a sliding keyboard but he's gonna make himself a mecca.
      Hey Jobs! Your iCity better be a plain white building with a little door in the middle. Otherwise, I'm coming over there.