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This Is What Happens When Google Creates a Schoolhouse

The tech giant’s Grow With Google education center in New York City mixes retro analog styling with a plugged-in wifi flavor.

Anyone who grew up with the privilege of traditional education shares certain memories and a familiarity with certain forms: the chair-desk combos, the look of the—usually—linoleum floors, the hallways covered in bulletin boards, student art, and safety posters. As good, bad, or confusing as school might have been for any of us, there’s something reassuring and natural about working with those old design motifs.

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July 18