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Google has jumped on the showpiece architecture bandwagon with a proposed new building in Mountain View. And a local designer gets a taste of cut-throat reality TV.

Image: Rendering of Google's potential new campus in Mountain View. Courtesy of Google.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Caroline Chamberlain

The Googleplex Gets a “Transparent” Expansion 19 MIN, 18 SEC

Google has jumped on the showpiece architecture bandwagon with a proposed new building in Mountain View designed by hotshot young European architects Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels. Google says the mammoth space will be innovative and open. But how transparent can a tech company be? And is the retro see-through structure even realizable?

DnA talks to Brooke Hodge, Deputy Director of Cooper-Hewitt, Oliver Wainwright, architecture critic for The Guardian, and Clive Wilkinson, architect of an earlier Googleplex.


A Local Designer Meets Cut-Throat Reality TV 7 MIN, 45 SEC

Leslie Shapiro Joyal is an LA native who has spent two decades making high quality, locally sourced, minimalist furniture. Then she decided to participate in Ellen’s Design Challenge, a new HGTV reality show produced by Ellen DeGeneres. Was it worth it?

Shapiro Joyal describes what it was like to be subjected to the “surreal” world of reality TV -- where everything you say or do can be misrepresented.


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