We see a lot futuristic concept sketches from architects. Spiraling Japanese ocean cities; skylines like dinosaur eggs on golf tees; or a Paris of 2050 dotted with algae bioreactors and jellyfish-inspired bridges.
But if there’s anything we like more than a vision of the future sketched out in clean CAD files, it’s when one of those visions happens to be backed by billions. The former is likely to remain a concept; the latter may be here in a matter of years. Exhibit A: Google’s latest proposal for its Mountain View headquarters.