What is Arcology? How and Why is it Central?
Arcology is a word devised by Italian-born architect Paolo Soleri to describe his idea of melding architecture and ecology. It has been defined in the online Oxford American Dictionary as follows "Arcology" (architectural ecology) is "an ideal integrated city, contained within a massive vertical structure allowing maximum conservation of its surrounding environment."
That definition is elaborated on, in Wikipedia, with examples of urban places that demonstrate arcology's core principle, which is a bipedal, pedestrian economy of scale, Note is taken of the popularity of arcology in fiction, especially in science fiction..
ArcologyCentral.net is my personal construction, grown out of my own life, experientially and existentially. It is personal journalism, observation, recollection, notebook-as-exploration rolled into one gated entryway into a WiFi'd puzzle-house of my own pursuits. It serves as a pivoting point , for me, to develop an analytic study of arcology, which I feel is deserved.
A study is deserved because the ethos of the people who have contributed to the unique material culture of the so-called "urban laboratory" (cf: Ada Louise Huxtable) that has been growing into becoming, which is known as - Arcosanti - has not yet been looked at as a cultural phenomenon, much less systematically explored..
Your comments, concerns, criticisms, co-operative spirit, your own experience, assumptions, fantasies, reflections, perceptions, and concerns are important not only because they are important to you but because they assure the essential integrity of maintaining our most constructive relationships with the "frugality" of arcology as an economic imperative.
Experience of Arcosanti has offered, I believe, an opportunity for ways to increase self-awareness in a 'dream-context' which all the world deserves. To increase our consciousness of evolution, I feel, is worth our while. If the future of the planet depends, as it seems to, upon the effort of each/every sentient being to take no task for granted, then the fact that we are all here as interdependent beings bound with the forces that contain us means that rediscovery is not less important than discovery.
What we forget may be as important or more than what we might remember. And, as Paolo may have intuited, paradox will be one of humanity's greatest opportunities. The Chinese symbol for "Crisis" demonstrates this by combining two roots:
"DANGER" + "OPPORTUNITY"
May we acknowledge every state of crisis we experience, each and every crisis we encounter, by learning to take heed of our dangers even as we become aware of our opportunities.