This Is What A City Designed By Apple Would Look Like [Gallery]

(Credit: Alfred Twu)

(Credit: Alfred Twu)

Responding to the tech industry’s effect on San Francisco housing, Bay Area artist Alfred Twu has taken it upon himself to show what Silicon Valley tech campuses might look like if they converted their parking lots into accommodation for their employees.

Alongside mini-cities for Facebook and Google, Twu created these designs for iTown — with 13,000 apartments for Apple’s 13,000 Cupertino employees, ajoining the new Apple 2 campus.

It would certainly avoid some of the present problems associated with tech workers driving up housing costs in SF, but it’s also difficult to think that cutting off your perceived “elite” citizens would completely do away with all the resentment currently aimed at those working in the sector.

It’s also amusing to think of Jony Ive tearing down all existing Scott Forstall-designed buildings, stores, and meeting areas, to build a set of new iOS 7-inspired deskeumorphized ones.

Regardless, Twu’s designs are pretty neat. A few of them can be seen below, while the rest are available for viewing (alongside his other designs) on his website.

(Credit: Alfred Twu)

(Credit: Alfred Twu)

(Credit: Alfred Twu)

(Credit: Alfred Twu)

(Credit: Alfred Twu)

(Credit: Alfred Twu)

  • khazimotu

    Looks like Mecca. In fact, had Saudi Arabia designed mecca more like this then they probably would not have had to bulldoze every important historical site in the city to add all of the fancy hi-rise apts/condos.

  • Nick Digger

    Looks miserable.

  • monstermasten

    I would never live in a house or city designed by Apple. Or just one person or company at all. What makes a city a city is the appearent randomness, different styles in different parts of town etc. And houses too. Things where personalization gets important is not something Apple should do. Houses, clothing etc

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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