Alexandra Lange
Architecture & design critic

A Memorial to (Random Access) Memory

I spent last week in the Bay Area, researching a story on the urbanism of high-tech campuses and eating lots of free corporate food. As part of my travels, I visited the site of what may have been the first building in Silicon Valley, IBM Building 25 in San Jose, CA. Building 25, built in 1957 and designed by John Bolles (best known today as the architect of Candlestick Park), was the first pixellated box in what became a vast field of patterned boxes, both at IBM and beyond, up and down highways 101 and 280.

Originally published in Design Observer