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The Dot-Com City: Silicon Valley Urbanism

Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic, historian and teacher based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Dwell, Metropolis, Print, New York Magazine and the New York Times, and she blogs weekly on Design Observer. Princeton Architectural Press published her most recent book, Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities, in 2012. She teaches architecture criticism at New York University and the School of Visual Arts.
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Can Silicon Valley invent public space as it has reinvented public life online? If the cultish ideas about serendipity and chance encounters have any value, a new urbanism (with a small n, small u) betwixt the metropolis and the ‘burbs, can only lead to more billion-dollar ideas, more employed people, and a healthier environment. And if that doesn’t occur, maybe they have been worshipping a false, groupthink god all along.
This new sort of workplace arises from a drive toward a kind of productivity that prioritises that generative potential of culture,” Crescimano writes.
to turn its back on cities and stake a claim on the suburban pastoral idyll — isolated, proprietary, verdant, and disengaged from civic space.
The questions for architects and designers working in this environment are: How do we make spaces for innovation, health and productivity? How do we foster innovation and corporate culture?
The result is that, while the outdoor la

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