Re: [arcology] Digest Number 188
- Jim writes:
> "What kind of sustainable industries would there be? Do we create a localsupported
> economy?" Crucial questions. Maybe the size of an arcology should be
> determined mostly by the number of people that can be comfortably
> with local agriculture.This seems very sustainable and reasonable. The more people though, the more
agricultural needs there would be. Also part of the economic labor system
would be to have everyone working part time in the gardens. Maybe it would
be only several hours a week, but all people have to get their hands in the
dirt. So this could be a new bases for an economic system. Then if we look
at the Twin Oaks example (an intentional community) in VA, we might be some
answers as to how to create a fair labor credit system.
We don't want this to end up a class system like runs Arcosanti now. Paolo
is a absentee landlord and the serf class has not economic or political
. Because of latitude, temperature,
> etc., different crops will grow better in different arcologies, so thereNice idea!
> will be trade among the various cities, at least for produce.
Such cities could specialize in power
> generation, exporting power to less sun-rich cities to the north andsouth.
> Maybe they could commit some of their power to a heavy industry, likelater
> smelting. Ocean arcologies might also export energy, this from sun, wave
> power, thermohaline pumps sunk deep into the water, and wind. It's almost
> certain that non-carbon-emitting power sources will be in great demand
> in this century, so these arguments might sell very well to developers.Yes, I see this vision too. Bucky Fuller wrote about creating a world energy
grid. In order to make this vision work we have to think on an international
> The internal economies of such "dedicated" arcologies would largely be
> driven by the labor necessary to conduct whatever economic function around
> which the city is designed. You'd need a lot of people interested in
> hydroponic farming to live in the agro-cities, you'd need steelworkers for
> the smelter-cities, Presumably, the vaunted high-tech cities would spring
> and you'd need techno types for these. Or a mix of a number of these
> functions could be deployed in a given city, so people of all stripes
> live together.I see this too that certain arcologies would function as special research
and production areas.
But all arcologies would have basic things the same.