The booming tech industry has created huge demand for housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, driving up housing costs and leading to long commutes.Meanwhile, tech workers flock to San Francisco and Oakland, seeking the high-density urban environment that Silicon Valley lacks.
What might it look like if tech campuses replaced their parking lots and provided enough housing on-site to meet the demand?
Facebook CampusMountain View, CA
Menlo Park, CA
9,400 employees / 9,400 apartmentsDownload Sketchup KMZ file at 3D Warehouse
10,000 employees / 10,000 apartments
There have been many comments on why towers are used instead of 6-story blocks. The answers are:
- Some of the sites simply will not hold that many apartments without the use of towers.
- It leaves land open for future construction.
- Continuous urban-scale streets lined with townhouses and stores connect the towers, maintaining a walkable street.
- See the "Generic Cafe" for a module of what urban tech with smaller buildings and smaller businesses would look like.
Is this just a company town? Not necessarily.
These can be compared to mixed-use buildings with housing over offices/retail. There's no reason that everyone living here would need to work on site (though many probably would) - I simply matched the number of jobs to housing to show how much housing a certain amount of office space requires.
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