|Re: Dealing with Diverse Personalities: Cohousing Retreat at Arcosanti||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:28:03 -0700 (PDT)|
Alice Alexander quoted: >Marty Maskall, who writes: > >"I have wanted to visit Arcosanti for some time because it's such an >exciting urban laboratory. >... >-- Marty Maskall, future resident of Fair Oaks EcoHousing" We stopped by Arcosanti years ago and describing it as an "exciting urban laboratory" struck me as inconsistant with my memory. So I looked up Arcosanti on Wikipedia... Conclusion: Arcosanti is indeed an "urban laboratory" but is located in a very rural area (high desert) and to me more resembles an ecovillage with 50-150 residents. Try looking it up in Google Maps satellite view and zoom out a ways. NOTE: my post about "Fair Oaks estimated schedule" was mistakenly sent to the list; I intended to send it to Marty directly. Fred Some details from Wikipedia: The goal of Arcosanti is to explore the concept of arcology, which combines architecture and ecology. The project has the goals of combining the social interaction and accessibility of an urban environment with sound environmental principles, such as minimal resource use and access to the natural environment. The project has been building an experimental town on 25 acres (10 ha) of a 4,060-acre (1,640 ha) land preserve. Ground was broken in 1970 to begin construction on the site, and has continued at a varying pace through the present. The most recently completed building was finished in 1989. The population has tended to vary between 50 and 150 people, many of them students and volunteers. Ultimately, the goal has been for Arcosanti to house a population of 5,000 people. Thirteen major structures have been built on the site to date, some several stories tall. One master plan, designed in 2001, envisions a massive complex, called "Arcosanti 5000", that would dwarf the current buildings. Arcology, a portmanteau of "architecture" and "ecology", is a field of creating architectural design principles for very densely populated, ecologically low-impact human habitats. The concept has been primarily popularized, and the term itself coined, by architect Paolo Soleri. It also appears in science fiction. For example, Peter Hamilton uses arcologies in his books such as Neutronium Alchemist. Arcologies are often portrayed in science fiction as self-contained or economically self-sufficient. These structures have been largely hypothetical insofar as no arcology, even one envisioned by Soleri himself, has yet been completed, but he posited that a completed arcology would provide space for a variety of residential, commercial, and agricultural facilities while minimizing individual human environmental impact. -- I support Bernie Sanders for President but would support Hillary. Fred H. Olson Minneapolis,MN 55411 USA (near north Mpls) Email: fholson at cohousing.org 612-588-9532 My Link Pg: http://fholson.cohousing.org
Re: Dealing with Diverse Personalities: Cohousing Retreat at Arcosanti Fred H Olson, June 30 2016
- Re: Dealing with Diverse Personalities: Cohousing Retreat at Arcosanti Alice Alexander, June 30 2016
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