These crabots don’t actually exist yet, however. “To accomplish this, Google says it will invent a kind of portable crane-robot, which it calls crabots, that will reconfigure these boxes and roam the premises like the droids in Star Wars,” writes Stone.


Maybe Google-owned Boston Dynamics can help, as Architect’s Journal recently suggested? Imagine sitting at your desk, looking out the window, and seeing an arm of Big Dog-esque robots scuttling around. Let’s not even imagine what happens if you get laid off.

Score: 9 out of 10 moon shots

Of course, Mountain View’s decision was about land use, not design. But Bloomberg’s entire design story is worth a read. Jokes aside, if Google develops the construction technologies that it says it will, it could be a major step forward for the design industry. In the meantime, there’s still a good chance these offices may be built—but just not where Google originally planned.


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