What is Arcology? How and Why is it Central?
Arcology, the word devised by Italian-born architect Paolo Soleri to describe his idea of melding architecture and ecology, has been defined in the online Oxford American Dictionary this way:
"Arcology" (architectural ecology) is "An ideal integrated city, contained within a massive vertical structure allowing maximum conservation of its surrounding environment."
Wikipedia elaborates the dictionary's definition with examples of urban places seeking to demonstrate bipedal locomotion with the pedestrian economy of scale that is its core principle, taking note of arcology's popularity in utopian fiction, especially genre sci-fi.
The unwritten subtext of relegation is related to the sociopolitical construction climate of Wikipedia and its growth: not a front page title issue at <ArcologyCentral.net> before it crops out a blog that grows as a personal construction of my experiential and existential life, individual journalism observation-based upon my recollection, a notebook-as-exploration rolling into this one gated entryway into a WiFi'd puzzle-house of my own pursuits. A pivoting point serving to anchor topical opportunities leading to a restful development of an analytic study of the human (eventually social) ecology of arcology.
How does the "frugality" of arcology as an economic imperative find application in our lives. Does it at all?
Study is deserved, earned by virtue of the ethos of the people who continue contributing to a unique material culture at this "urban laboratory" (so-called by Ada Louise Huxtable, once NYTimes architecture critic) developing a unique site exemplifying architectural construction of significance. An ongoing sociocultural phenomenon, relatively unexplored in a systematic examination, your comments, concerns, criticisms, co-operative spirit along with your own experiences, assumptions, fantasies, reflections, your perceptions and concerns are important! Not only meaningful for you but useful to the project of identifying what the essential spirit of arcology itself is.
How has the idea of arcology mattered? What has been its attraction? Its integrity? What does it mean and/or maintain? How constructive have relationships with it been?
Experience of Arcosanti has presented opportunities to increase self-awareness. Will that continue to occur mainly in the "dream-context'" accorded to it as relegation to genre fiction? Is that truly the best that can be made of it?
That, I don't believe is necessary; nor what it's best suited to do.
But what I do believe is that if an increased consciousness of evolution is desirable, arcology is a pursuit that is very much worth our while. If the future of the planet depends, as it seems to, upon the effort of each/every sentient being to live in harmony with the planet, if it is incumbent upon all of us living on this watery rock hurtling through space at rates most of us are mostly schooled not to notice, we ought to take no task for granted, especially a 'reality-check' fact: the interdependence of all things binds us within all the forces that contain us.
We are bound as much to rediscovery as to discovery. What we forget will be as important as what we remember. Even if we take forgetting for granted, we may come to recognize memory as a paradox that presents one of humanity's greatest opportunities.
It has been said the Chinese symbol for "CRISIS" demonstrates this, combining two roots into one to make a new word:
"DANGER" + "OPPORTUNITY" =s "CRISIS"
The definition is linguistically inaccurate but the idea captures an important sentiment: May we acknowledge every state of crisis we experience as we encounter it and learn to take heed of what we deem dangerous even as we become aware of our opportunities.
In all our endeavors may this be of benefit to all sentient beings.