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  • Franz Nahrada
    Sorry to interrupt the silence: but if there was ever, ever any time when arcology thinking was needed and relevant, it is now. The flood and hurricane
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 3, 2005
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      Sorry to interrupt the silence: but if there was ever, ever any time
      when arcology thinking was needed and relevant, it is now.

      The flood and hurricane catastrophy in New Orleans is a first taste
      of things to come; even if humanity manages to reverse global warming
      and reduce the disatrsous tendencies, for decades we will have to
      live with extraodinary anomalies.

      Beside its overall positive impact on the environment and on the
      intensity of human culture, arcology also might prove the only
      solution to shelter us in the dark decades to come.

      A very insightful paper on the city of New Orleans, its crucial role
      for the economy and its strategic importance is circulating through
      the mailing lists and through the blogosphere - please read this:

      http://junkpolitics.blogspirit.com/archive/2005/09/02/stratfor-
      geopolitical-intelligence-report.html

      New Orleans: A Geopolitical Prize
      By George Friedman

      "The American political system was founded in Philadelphia, but the
      American nation was built on the vast farmlands that stretch from the
      Alleghenies to the Rockies. That farmland produced the wealth that
      funded American industrialization: It permitted the formation of a
      class of small landholders who, amazingly, could produce more than
      they could consume. They could sell their excess crops in the east
      and in Europe and save that money, which eventually became the
      founding capital of American industry.

      But it was not the extraordinary land nor the farmers and ranchers
      who alone set the process in motion. Rather, it was geography -- the
      extraordinary system of rivers that flowed through the Midwest and
      allowed them to ship their surplus to the rest of the world. All of
      the rivers flowed into one -- the Mississippi -- and the Mississippi
      flowed to the ports in and around one city: New Orleans. It was in
      New Orleans that the barges from upstream were unloaded and their
      cargos stored, sold and reloaded on ocean-going vessels. Until last
      Sunday, New Orleans was, in many ways, the pivot of the American
      economy ....."

      http://junkpolitics.blogspirit.com/archive/2005/09/02/stratfor-
      geopolitical-intelligence-report.html
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      On the base of analysis like this, arcologists all over the world
      should enter in lively discussion about the "how to" of New Orleans
      rebirth. Of course that would require not only deep technological
      changes, but also social, political and institutional ones.

      Maybe this idle group can be revitalized by a discussion on this
      matter.

      Franz
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