Dr. Andrew Wood
Office: HGH 210; phone: (408) 924-5378
We look to Silicon Valley as a laboratory for computer-mediated communities. This region, once known as the Valley of the Hearts Delight, has transformed itself into a high-tech cluster in which everything and everyone is wired to the hilt. At least, that's what the media report. We examine research efforts that complicate such unidimensional perspectives on public life in our community. In contrast to our local technopolis, we also visit Celebration, a communal attempt to live in the past rather than the future. However, this "new urbanist" cross between a garden city and company town conceals much within its planned neighborliness.
Ideal Community Project Due
Supplemental Website: The Silicon Valley Cultures Project
Supplemental Website: Wood's Celebration Resources
Supplemental Article: Brett Schulte's Presence of the past - includes an interview with Dr. Wood
Supplemental Notes: Langdon Winner: Silicon Valley mystery house
Viewing: X Files: Mulder and Scully visit a perfect community
Viewing: Pleasantville: Geography of Everywhere
Notes: Jan English-Lueck
Notes: Philip Morris
Activity: Where is Silicon Valley?
Activity: Time Travel
Off-campus webpages related to Technopolis
Jim McCormick, A Brief History of Silicon Valley
Scott Rosenburg, Lonesome Internet blues, take 2 - "Another day, another dubious study finds that the Net makes you lonely -- and the press goes nuts."
Steve and Mette Sabram, The Ultimate Silicon Valley Slang Page
San Jose Mercury News, The Cost of Living in Silicon Valley
Off-campus webpages related to Celebration
Ivan Chtcheglov, Formulary for a New Urbanism
Brandy Davis, New Urbanism: Cause for Celebration?
Jenny Diski, Celebrating conformity: Disney's Mickey Mouse utopia - "In this exclusive online essay taken from the current edition of the London Review of Books, Jenny Diski examines two accounts of life in Disney's new town, Celebration, USA"
Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, The Second Coming of the American Small Town
David Harvey, The New Urbanism and the Communitarian Trap
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