The hottest design coming out of Apple is the new campus that will anchor its headquarters in Cupertino, California. Governor Jerry Brown announced that the massive Silicon Valley project is now approved for fast track. The new Foster + Partners designed headquarters, which to many appears to be a massive doughnut, spaceship or button on an iPhone or iPad, has therefore scored “streamlined treatment” as it undergoes the requisite environmental review processes. Steve Jobs had presented his idea of the new campus to the Cupertino City Council only a few months before he died last October. Jobs knew this campus would be his final legacy, not that the silly city council members really got the message as they asked him about installing free city-wide WiFi as well as opening an Apple store within Cupertino.

The project, like the company itself, will surely attract more controversy, from its claims of generating no greenhouse gas emissions to the possible effects it could have on local neighborhoods and traffic. Brilliance always attracts envy and cattiness, however, and so this innovative reuse of a vacant space could send a signal to other companies that when they build a new workspace, think as far ahead as humanly possible so that others that follow you create something even bolder and better. Read the full story on Inhabitat.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.