What is Arcology? How and Why is it Central?
Arcology, the word devised by Italian-born laureate architect Paolo Soleri to describe his idea of melding architecture and ecology, is defined in the online Oxford American Dictionary. "Arcology" ("architectural ecology") is "an ideal integrated city, contained within a massive vertical structure allowing maximum conservation of its surrounding environment." Wikipedia elaborates on the definition by providing examples of urban places that demonstrate arcology's core principle: a bipedal pedestrian economy of scale, taking note of the popularity of arcology in fiction, especially sci-fi.
ArcologyCentral.net is my personal construction, grown out of my own life, experientially and existentially. It's journalism, personal recollection, journalism, notebook, exploration - a gated entry point into a WiFi'd puzzle-house of my own pursuits. It serves as a way to develop an analytic study I feel is deserved by the ethos of the unique material culture of the "urban laboratory" (cf: Ada Louise Huxtable) that's grown to be, is growing to become, Arcosanti.
Your comments, concerns, criticisms, co-operative spirit, your own experience, assumptions, fantasies, reflections, and perceptions are important to me; they're also essential for this construction, needed to assure the integrity of its relationship with the embrace of frugality, an opportunity to increase self-awareness in the dream-context I believe we all also deserve: that of increasingly conscious evolution.