Facebook’s Fancy New Headquarters Are Stuck In The Past | The New Republic
August 31, 2012 Leave a comment
In this post, Lydia DePillis discusses what Facebook’s new campus tells us about the tech sector and urbanism. Facebook hired probably my least favorite architect, Frank Gehry, to design a new, sprawling, single-story, single-use, parking intensive structure in Menlo Park. It is essentially a super single owner tech park. It is cut off from alternative transit access, mixed uses, and the density that allows for spontaneous interaction between professionals. This is the old way. The new way is urban tech firms, like Amazon and Pinterest, which allow their employees to live a more urban life. the “palaces in the desert,” as DePillis calls them, are a thing of the past.