San Jose, once the largest agricultural and cannery city in California, is now the Capital of Silicon Valley. Since the late '50s the switch from farming to high-tech has changed the face of the city. The most recent influx of techies has increased the demand for luxury apartments and centers from the newly minted millionaires. The stress on blue collar workers has resulted in many not being able to afford the ever rising housing costs. Some of the highest in the nation.
Technological advancements have looming consequences for San Jose’s inhabitants and natural resources. High-tech leaches natural resources, and new technologies replace prior generations at faster rates than raw materials and the current labor force can keep up with. My aim is to document San Jose’s history as a means to memorialize my own history. These images capture in demand luxury developments from an ever-growing high-tech workforce.
All images taken by and processed in the iPhone
Our ability to think about the future and remember the past is based on our capacity to imagine. These images are of the relatively new San José City Hall, designed by Richard Meier, which enshrines the abstracted nature of technological progress. San José City Hall offers no historical context or memory of the delicate farmland it’s built upon. Abstraction without the context of history degrades our very ability to think about the future.