Within the last half of the twentieth century, technology and print media made it possible for designers to vividly imagine the instantaneous propagation of urban environments that previously took centuries to produce. The campus community potentially remains one of the few defensible vestiges of the desire to immediately construct context and community as a whole. The need for people, governments, and corporations to ascribe meaning to the landscape as well as space is paramount to understanding the countryside through the lens of the corporate campus model.
Anthony Acciavatti is a partner in Somatic-Collaborative, an architecture and urbanism office based in Cambridge, MA. He is currently a Frederick Sheldon Fellow at Harvard University.