In a new T Magazine feature, writer Nikal Saval takes a look at how and why the recently revealed plans for the new campuses of Google, in Mountain View, Calif., designed by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick, and Apple, in Cupertino, from Sir Norman Foster, look lifted straight from the 1960s.
Saval writes, "Like the rest of Silicon Valley, however, this future is in fact rooted in the past. It comes, transfigured, from the wrecked dreams of communal living, of back-to-the-land utopias, of expanding plastic spheres and geodesic domes that populated the landscape of Northern California around the time (and around the same place) that the first semiconductors were being perfected. This is the world of what a recent exhibit at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has termed 'Hippie Modernism'...Now those same undulations have found their way back to us, in the form of impregnable corporate campuses for the future-plotting, world-dominating, 'don’t be evil' tech industry...It may sound unlikely, but there is in fact a strong connection between the utopian movements of the ’60s and the tech industry; it’s a topic that’s been well explored by academics..."
The full piece can be found here and in print in T Magazine's upcoming Culture issue - available in print on Sunday, April 17.