On November 1-2, 2016 Landscape Forms convened a select group of design professionals and commentators at the Google Mountain View, CA campus for a moderated discussion on corporate planning and design. Landscape architects, planners and designers from the Silicon Valley/Bay area and representatives from Stanford University and UC Berkeley were joined by a San Francisco-based urbanist, the editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine, and Google technical specialists in workplace, sustainability and transportation.
The purpose of the meeting was to learn how leading design practitioners, thought leaders, and a major corporate influencer are addressing critical issues related to the corporate campus in a time of tansformative change. While a lot is written about the startling reinvention of interior workplaces to promote innovates in the new economy (expanses without walls, workers without desks, teams around tables...) much less is written about the outdoor spaces that play a complementary role in the transformation of the corporate environment. This roundtable focused on the outdoor corporate campus: siting, planning and the relationship between campus and community; and transportation - getting to work and moving around once you're there. The roundtable was hosted by Google and moderated by Mary Davidge, Google's Director of Real Estate and Workplace Services.