Christo Sims on Green Magic

20 Jun, 2022

Christo Sims on Green Magic

Alum Christo Sims published "Green Magic: On Technologies of Enchantment at Apple's Corporate Headquarters" at Public Culture! Christo dives into the public's widely divergent responses to Apple's headquarters, arguing that theories of enchantment will help us to understand this piece of architectural branding.

From the abstract: Apple's corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley has become an object of public fascination for its technical marvels and green magnificence. However, architectural critics and urbanists have widely critiqued the campus for being socially retrograde and ecologically injurious. This essay queries this divergence in public responses to Apple's headquarters by examining how the campus has been designed to counter a growing disenchantment with neoliberalism, its technologies, and its environmental defilements. In doing so, the essay argues for the analytical potential of adapting anthropological theories of enchantment and magic to the study of contemporary uses of the built environment for branding and public relations purposes.

Read the article here!