Results of Questionaire
- Last month I sent out a general questionaire to the 55 members of the
arcology list. I received 11 responses, tho one just asked to be removed
from the list. Not everone responded to every question. Again, thanks to
those who responded.
Here are the replies to the non-technical questions:
*** DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH TOO-LONG POSTS?
Posts should not excede 20k no matter what.
Yes, AOL cuts them off.
Sometimes. Attachments are usually not easily viewable under AOL. Even more
annoying than too-long posts are posts with cryptic subject lines, that are
just links to stories with no indication of what they are about. These are
primarily from one individual, but not as much recently. I think a lead
paragraph or two would be helpful.
No! THe longer and more informational, the better.
*** IN YOUR ESTIMATION, DO POSTS SEEM TO STAY ON-TOPIC?
Too narrow. No engagement with real-world issues and policies of
sustainability, etc. Urban planning issues not even addressed.
good question. Arcology covers alot. But it would be good to have them more
on the topic of arcologies? absolutely
Heck no, but that's part of the fun :)
Pretty much so.
*** DO YOU FIND THE CONVERSATION VALUABLE OR OTHERWISE USEFUL?
It doesn't seem to go anywhere/achieve anything but I still like to discuss
and promote arcology.
not very often
Mostly theoretical. I don't find the information to be of much use,
particularly since the issues don't involve collaboration in related
fields, many of which have covered these issues already, which is too bad,
because the synthesis could be valuable.
Fairly useful. I think that we should find ways to stimulate more
conversation. Perhaps we can seed the conversations by asking people for
topics they want covered. We or others can start the topics and add in
facts. For instance:
- history of arcology
- history of Paolo
- current events at Arcosanti (those suitable for public consumption. Others
can go on the alum list)
- ideas for actualizing arcology
- arcological ideas in current urban areas
- applying arcology to current urban planning - will it work, how?
- arcology and elderly (and health care and all the other topics from the
Yes, altho I do find myself deleting unread messages from some people when
I get rushed, knowing they'll be boring.
Not that much that I find really useful in daily life. It's nice to see some
theory discuessed, but I'm waiting for action that I can participate in
without being trained in architecture, urban planning or fund-raising.
They open new vistas of useful, creative thought.
It educates me about the concepts and basics of Arcology- other resources
on the web are pittifully shallow in detailed info.
*** WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO INCREASE LIST PARTICIPATION?
I have tried to spur activity a number of times.
I would like to hear you, Lou, and George express more ideas, facts,
experiences, etc. Invite other arcology and architecture experts to post
material. My biggest turn off with the web board is that it is mostly
novices. Sure, I respect the opinions of novices, but at the end of the
day nothing is learned or accomplished.
Update of ongoing construction activity at the Arcosanti site
Reports of Cosanti Foundation activities
Activities of organizations using Arcology principles
Notices of conferences that Paolo is participating in
Reviews of collaborative projects with Arcosanti and students, industry
Conferences on related professional fields and topics.
- topics above, ask people to add to topics list - I'll start one and keep
I have no clue. But I DO wish people would participate more as it seems that
lately we're having private conversations rather than public discussion.
Good question; offer prizes? I'm amazed at the (tiny) readership on this
list. Get Paolo on the list. Get others at Arcosanti, especially the
management, on the list. Get serious (not that we're not) people, like the
Board, on the list, etc.
add 4 more hours to every day
Remove all net flamists!
Uncertain. I'm still learning the "culture" of the list and the details of
* ADDITIONAL COMMENTS (Please be candid):
Arcology is a great idea, but I don't see much happening with it (at least
in this country in the near future). I'm focusing my attention on much
Like most newsgroups, this one is mostly opinions on theory. No
participation by Paolo, which would be interesting, to say the least (I
mean, it's his theory).
If people subscribe to this list, why don't they participate? I guess if they
don't want to, there's no way to draw them in the conversation. But I have
trouble believing that so few people are interested in the subject. What about
the people at Arcosanti? Don't they have computers? Doesn't this subject
concern them very much?
I really enjoy reading your thoughts, Randall. Keep up the good work! (and
I wish the list could provide more info on Soleri's Arcology (and other)
publications, both Internet and non-Internet wise.
Thank you for existing. The List is a first rate informational resource!
"My objective is to articulate a means by which an arcological
superstructure for a resident population of 25-30,000 can be built in the
world as it is today." http://www.wildapache.net/randhunt