The new tech palaces: visionary HQs, or cursed trophies?

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      Artist's rendering of the proposed Google corporate headquarters in Mountain View, CaliforniaBy Bill Rigby and Alistair Barr SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – While much of corporate America is retrenching on the real estate front, the four most influential technology companies in America are each planning headquarters that could win a Pritzker Architecture Prize for hubris. Amazon.com this week revealed plans for three verdant bubbles in downtown Seattle, joining Apple's circular “spaceship,” Facebook's Frank Gehry-designed open-office complex and a new Googleplex on the list of planned trophy offices. “It signals a desire, a statement, to say that we're special, we're different. …


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