[arcology] Re: Making a big difference
- Perhaps a reason "arcology" as an idea has not spread (like the
_100th Monkey_, if you recall that as perhaps an idealized version of
Gladwell's directive) is due to the fact that it has not been
understood as a concept. It has not been "sold" as a synthesis of
"architecture+ecology" driven by the same ideas that drive
"sustainable development," "sustainable transportation," i.e.
bike-friendly, people-friendly, park-friendly, historical
conservation/restoration friendly, etc. It appears as "radical
alternative," has not been tested, has no foundation in experience,
seems to attract people who prefer a science fiction and fantasy edge
on city life to the hard business of building for and with real
people with real needs.
I say this having known Soleri for almost 40 years and believing that
"arcology" is like a watch-word can be the watch-word) for most (if
not all) environmentally-friendly initiatives and that Arcosanti can
become a center (if not THE center) for discussion and development of
those ideas, those forces.
An inner nexus is needed, a place people can come together to develop
their vision of how earth may, how the planet might, endure.
Arcosanti could (and -- I believe -- SHOULD) be such a locus but the
single-structure scheme as The Solution To Urban Sprawl surely will
have to be de-emphasized. Not given up on. But seen as one kind of
possibility among many "arcological" solutions to urban sprawl and
waste, over-consumption, etc.
>Yesterday's NY Times had a review of the book "The Tipping Point: How Little
>Things can make a Big Difference" by Malcolm Gladwell. It was on page E7;
>and maybe on their web site, but I couldn't find it.
>The book is about a theory, with good examples, on how certain ideas can
>spread contagiously. It made me think of us, since we want the arcology
>ideas to spread and become popular, and that just doesn't seem to have
>As far as I'm concerned, the problem isn't with the ideas since they make
>total sense to me, so maybe we can learn something about techniques and
>personalities that will help transmit them.