Columnist Aaron Betsky evaluates three megaprojects currently underway in Silicon Valley for tech giants Apple, Facebook, and Google.
With the recent announcement of the Googleplex proposal, the prediction from writer Dave Eggers, in his 2013 book, The Circle—that a web-centered megacorporation would launch a world takeover from a utopia campus in Sillicon Valley—seems closer to becoming a reality. The design, by the unlikely team of BIG form maker Bjarke Ingels and category-busting conceptual designer Thomas Heatherwick is breathtaking in both its vision and its deliberate vagueness. It proposes to bring all of Google’s local activities (having spawned rambling outposts all over the world) under a big tent, where flexible structures will prevent either the Googlers from ever being caught in Dilbertland or the company from being stuck with purpose-built structures as they continue to evolve towards a driverless future in every medium and mode of communication.
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