>The new urban ethos would be made of the following axioms:I found this in the archives from the UN conference on urbanism posted by
>1) cities are our destiny;
>2) the city idea is a profoundly good idea (the fact that aspects of its
>application do not always work well does not mean that there is something
>fundamentally wrong with that idea);
>3) we are so lucky! - to be heading towards a destiny resting on a profoundly
>good idea is not such a bad historical position;
>4) the fact is that many things about cities are not working well; hence we
>need an agile and proactive attitude rather than a fatalistic or reactive one;
>cities have their momentum but nevertheless can be steered pro-actively in more
>5) today we have on our disposal 7000 years of accumulation of knowledge about
>what works and what does not work in cities, as well as unprecedent access to
>methodologies and technologies of knowledge management and utilisation
>(computers, networks, etc..);
>6) planning, design, management, and governance of cities should be the
>ultimate art of the 21st century.
>Associate Professor (Urban Design & Environmental Planning)
>Landscape Architecture Programme
>Unitec Institute of Technology
>Auckland, New Zealand
Randall (?) a few weeks ago. Sorry for the lack of documentation, but I
thought I would share this anyway. I like the optimism, pragmatism and
proactivism of these thoughts.
The notion that urbanism has been evolving for 7000 years makes me think
that a new model, as radical as the arcology, will require some time to take
hold. Even if the first arcology is an overwhelming success for the
inhabitants, most people outside will not be impressed. It will be the
first generation of kids that grow up with the arcology as a reality,
however distant, that will understand the concept without the need for a
personal paradigm shift.
- It looks like Paolo will be speaking in NYC:
>>>>Friday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.
PAOLO SOLERI, architect, artist, craftsman and philospher - is among the
most important figures in modern architecture. His philosophical concept
"Arcology" - cities which embody the fusion of architecture and ecology, is
best represented in his experimental community in the high desert of Arizona
called ARCOSANTI. Arcosanti (began construction in 1970 and still under
construction) when complete will house 7000 people and demonstrate
alternative improvements to urban conditions, sustainability and lessen our
destructive impact on the earth.This program will be introduced by Alastair
Gordon, Architectural Critic.
Admission: MAS members $10.00; others $15.00 at Lighthouse International,
111 East 59th Street
Check out the link
He's always great to see speak.