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How Silicon Valley Helps Spread the Same Sterile Aesthetic Across the World

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Whether you’re in Osaka, London, Sydney or San Francisco, chances are the places in which you’re eating, drinking and sleeping look strikingly similar.


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In the café in which you sipped coffee over the weekend, were there Edison light bulbs hanging above the baristas? And in the last place you stayed for a short break, was the furniture a chic version of mid-century modern? If so, you’ve experienced the “AirSpace” – the new everywhere. Thanks to social media, Airbnb and consumer demand, people within a certain economic class can travel to almost any location in the world and enjoy the exact same experience they would have anywhere else. Journalist Kyle Chayka paints a grim picture of AirSpace and advocates that consumers step out of it. getAbstract recommends this article to free-thinking travelers and anyone concerned about the loss of individuality in the 21st century.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why everywhere you travel, places look disturbingly similar,
  • How Silicon Valley and consumer demand are reshaping urban centers, and
  • What risks this new form of gentrification presents.


Today, whether you’re stepping into a café in Brooklyn, a hotel in Hong Kong or a bar in Oslo, chances are you’ll be met with the same, interchangeable physical space. “Minimalist furniture. Craft beer and avocado toast. Reclaimed wood. Industrial lighting. Cortados. Fast Internet.” Social media, technology...
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About the Author

Kyle Chaka is a freelance writer. He has written for Business Week and The New York Times Magazine.

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