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Jobs needs a 'spaceship' to sail into the iCloud: New Cupertino campus design

Steve Jobs presented his plan for a "spaceship" building in Cupertino, CA, that will be Apple's brand new campus. Get a sneak-peek from his presentation to the City Council.

Steve Jobs isn't finished making news this week. He addressed the Cupertino City Council, laying out plans for the new Apple campus on a 98-acre tract purchased from Hewlett-Packard last year. Describing the circular building as looking a bit like "a spaceship landed," Jobs proclaimed in a vast understatement that Apple "is growing like a weed."

Apple plans to put 12,000 people into a single building (which I think looks a bit like a crop circle from the air) with all the parking underground and an abundance of trees. So whether you're interested in Apple technology or not, you might be interested just in the architecture and design features themselves. Check out the video of the presentation, posted by the Cupertino City Council on YouTube.

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Cannabis Seed
Cannabis Seed

cannabis seedThis looks excellent, they certainly know a thing or two about design and creating user friendly and work friendly equipment and work spaces. I think everyone would like to work somewhere like that

debrown
debrown

I was amazed by the poor speaking ability of the council members for such an "innovative city, educational-wise (sic)" Not to mention the greed of the one member for her comment about "where is our free wi-fi". Unbelievable. They should be kissing his feet for staying there.

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

.... He didn't mean a real spaceship and take a one way trip.... :-)

adamgardner
adamgardner

Jobs to Council: My company likes being here. We bring millions of dollars to you in the form of tax revenues. I'm bringing you millions more because we're expanding, here it is on a silver platter... Council to Jobs: We have this technology called "touch screen". You've probably never heard of it. We're super advanced here because of all the money we have. Please feel free to use it during your presentation. Jobs: Um, yeah, I might have seen that once or twice, but I really don't need it to show you this picture. Thanks anyway. Oh, and by the way, this huge new project is being done in an environmentally and aesthetically pleasing manner. Council: Can we get free wi-fi and iPads with that? Jobs: Perhaps you could use the millions I just told you that you are getting to pay for wi-fi and iPads? Council: Can you get rid of that ugly smelly cement factory that you don't own? Jobs: Sure, I'll just have the police march in there Gestapo-style and shut them down. Oh wait, the police answer to you, not me. I guess you will have to take care of that. Council: We'd like you to locate one of your retail stores here. We don't like having to leave our little corner of the world to get to a store. Jobs: Sorry, locating a store here would not be profitable, precisely because you are a little corner of the world. As a member of a small town city council, these guys embarass me.

MacNewton
MacNewton

The man is very honest, sinecure and would provide a fantastic learning centre. Are you an i-Hater Gis or were you trying to make a joke? The building looks well designed and will be loaded with state of the art Mac's. Lots of luck Steve!

Moses0007
Moses0007

It is called pointless banter. small talk. The woman isn't a tard for asking, she was just prolonging her interactions with him, as she was obviously star struck. Jobs to Council: It's a circle.... so it's.... curved... all the way around. Sounds like a genius speaking there, right?

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