Margaret O’Mara

Margaret O’Mara is an associate professor of history at the University of Washington. She is the author of Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley and is currently working on a book about the politics and culture of the high-tech industry.

Recent Articles

The Other Tech Bubble

How tech companies became detached from urban life and its problems—even when the city is their home. 

City of Cupertino
This article appears in the Winter 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine . Subscribe here . Just off the freeway 40 miles south of San Francisco, in the bedroom suburb of Cupertino, earth-chewing bulldozers and swooping construction cranes are busily at work on Apple’s colossal new campus, slated to open in late 2016. When it’s done, it will be unlike anything Silicon Valley has seen before. Rather than a scattering of nondescript office-park buildings, the campus consists of one enormous circular structure, an information-age Pentagon that will house up to 13,000 Apple employees in one place. Designed by superstar architect Norman Foster, the four-story ring of gleaming curved glass will be as sleek as an iPhone and look, as late CEO Steve Jobs put it, “a little like a spaceship landed.” While building big, Apple also is building green. Parking lots have been sunk underground. Lush landscaping will cover 80 percent of the site on completion. In a...