- Fig. 1 above - Ebenezer Howard - Garden City concept, 1902
- Fig. 2 below - Rendering of Apple’s “Campus 2,” 2013
Has anyone pointed the similarities between these two design concepts already? Howard’s concept of the Garden Cities of To-Morrow was designed to eradicate slums and was an early formulation of what would become a suburb. These were essentially cities where people could live, work and recreate without leaving their confines.
The recently released plans for Apple’s second campus have been described as “futuristic,” but a circular complex strikes me as anything but. Taking this in with the recent article in the New Yorker about silicon Valley’s obsession with changing the world, it really does seem like Apple is—unconsciously, at least—heading toward the fabricated, albeit fenced-in utopia that Howard tried to achieve.