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[–]neku[S] 6 points7 points ago

the normie side of me is like wow... five billion dollars for a big donut building with lots of really weird specific design choices that drive up the price for no good reason... and the communist part of me is like I WANNA BLOW THIS FUCKING THING UP!!!! five billion dollars? bombs are probably WAY cheaper!!! i want to see this dumb monument to capitalist greed crumble. i want to release swarms of rats into this shithole like im this guy http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1960s-julius-hobson-took-dcs-rat-problem-his-own-hands-180955961/

honestly though i just wonder how the fuck theyre going to clean this thing, inside and out?? is apple going to design a fancy scissor lift so some underpaid single mother of three can clean a four storey tall piece of glass by hand?

theyve invested so heavily in this aluminium-and-glass aesthetic that i cant help but wonder if its going to look aged in twenty years. like making a building out of wood panel siding.

[–]StudentRadical 5 points6 points ago

UPDATE: ctrl+f "train" 0 results

It's broken if it has 5 billion dollars into it and it has no train.

[–]StudentRadical 3 points4 points ago

I only briefly browsed this, but who else feels a connection between Walt Disney and Steve Jobs here? Like both had ahem ideas for seemingly grand and futuristic planning and building concepts when they had one leg in the grave.

Also I'm minorly disappointed in how the article promised it to be some sort of visionary environmental architecture and their idea of drought-resistance is planting drought-tolerant trees, a common sense idea if ever. Honestly if drought-tolerant plants get a boost here among the wealthy because of this, then at least a little bit of good pours out of this kind of accidentally. Also lmao that they have an "environment czar".

[–]neku[S] 4 points5 points ago

I never made the connection reading the piece, but that's a really good point. At the risk of sounding overly critical, Jobs is comparable to Disney in the sense that he was spending a massive amount of money to create an otherworldly-like structure/environment based on fantastical ideas, ie a building that is simultaneously inside and outside, shipping in trees and rocks from all over America to create some ideally designed paradise, etc. It's like Walt Disney was commissioned to create a Silicon Valley office space, using the design ethos of the modern smartphone.

You could even compare something like the massive underground machinery used to move the huge glass panes separating the café from the outdoors to the ways that theme parks try to conceal workers, machinery, etc in order to give attendees a sense of being in another world.