Since I've been lurking for so long, I thing a (re)introduction is in order.
Name: Robert Matthews
Arcosanti: June 1997 Workshop (w/ Randall Hunt as Coordinator)
I have been actively researching and theorizing the proposition of arcology
since I discovered it in 1994. During this time, my academic inquiry has
taken me along many rewarding tangents, some applicable to arcology, others
merely interesting. Among them are:
green building, ecocities, ecovillages, history of civilization, history of
urbanism, urban planning, architectural design, sustainability, utopianism,
post-modern theory, art history, etc...
The list is actually somewhat longer, but I'm sure you get the idea. I've
been quietly amassing a library of intellectual resources related to themes
of arcology, and have been diligently studying them. I have no real work to
show for all of this yet, but some things are in the works. I have been
especially inspired by Randall Hunt, who besides his ongoing dedication to
the arcology concept, is one of the few of us who has both written and
published a document of his ideas.
My life is about to take a dramatic turn. Having been long holed-up here in
Boston for the last nine years, I've learned a lot about how good American
cities can be. While far from perfect, Boston is nevertheless a rare gem in
the United States. I will miss it.
I am moving to Seattle in just two weeks (after a layover at Burning Man -
my second time at the brilliant celebration of humanity). I will be pursuing
my Master of Architecture degree at the University of Washington. I will
likely continue on to obtain my professional degree in Urban Planning or
perhaps a Ph.D. in Urban Design. At any rate, I am finally ready to give my
life over completely to the realization of arcology. And I am not messing
around this time. I sincerely look forward to collaborating with many of you
in a more substantial way in the near future. While Architecture school will
be a very busy time for me, as least I'll be busy doing things which are
applicable to my life goal - and one I know I have in common with most of
you - of actually building and living in an arcology.
Well, that should be enough for now. I am eager to know if there are any
arcologists in the Seattle area (or Pacific NW) on this list, if so, please
make yourselves known.
PS: Randall, it's good to be back!
>From: Daniel DeLorme <daniel@...>
>Subject: Re: [arcology] q
>Date: Fri, 09 Aug 2002 17:10:53 -0400
> > there are a number of aging cities in the mid-west and the north-east,
> > where populations have declined as jobs and industries have moved on.
> > Chances are that there may be a community which, rather than seeing
> > itself continue to shrink, (with a corresponding loss of services and
> > ability to pay for them) inclined to see the potential for both civic
> > commercial gain by agreeing to become an, 'Arcology becoming'. Or
> > not. Whatcha' think?
>The problem I see with is that if an area is in decline, there may be a
>strong reason for it. The decline may be due to changes in demographics,
>climate, world economy, etc. The kind of changes that are only obvious in
>retrospect a hundred years later. No matter the invigorating potential of
>an arcology (which, I must point out, is still unknown at this point), the
>area may be already "doomed". In such a case, building an arcology in such
>an area seems a tad suicidal to me.
>The arcology would have to actually bring something more to the declining
>city (like a new industry), and not just a new architectural form.
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