A processional walk to the private cemetery in which the remains of Colly and Paolo are interred: dedications, recollections and tributes offered by many of those assembled. A splendid piano concert performed by Sonya Lee on the stage of the Colly Soleri Music Center's amphitheatre. A fine buffet meal in the vaults.
Ciao, Paolo! Ciao, Colly! Resquiat in pace, Signora, Signor!
Much discussion from beginning to end. Here's some of what transpired, from notes transcribed by Dean Petrich and Wes Ozier, beginning with the Specific Action Meetings, each of which had been allotted half an hour, with summary results in more or less outline form: specific actions attending alumni concur are vital to follow up, to move progress of Arcosanti towards completion in the very near future. Appended to the outline are brief reports on specific events and a typed transcription of the handwritten document pictured here.
Some immediate outcomes of the assembly, to maintain communication: a GoogleGroup Forum, called Arconauts. Two new Arcosanti Community Council groups, one closed, the other open, on Facebook. Other social networking actions include a pending listserv, a Wiki on "Life After Arcosanti," Jeff Buderer's blog. You'll also find a link to yet another Forum on the Conversations page of this website if you'd like to put in your 2 cents' worth.
GROUP REPORTS (9/21/2013):
Red Room: Business Plan (facilitator: Jean Tuller)
Café: On-Site Almuni participation (facilitator: ??)
Vault A: Hands-On Workshops, Curriculum, Construction Plan (Facilitator: Wes Ozier)
Vault B: Board Restructuring (Facilitators: Nadia Begin, Zak Zakovi)
Vault C: Artsmanship & Craftsmanship - cultural & artistic expressions & endeavours (facilitator: Ira Murfin)
Solar Classroom: Urban Food Forest & Apiary (Facilitator: Ailsa Bier)
Vault D: Arcosanti, Social Revolution & Democracy (Facilitator: Doctoress Neutopia)
Community Room: Educational Extension Programs (facilitators: David Grierson and John Doe)
Red Room Business Plan:
1) Shared Hopes & Recommendations; 2) Vision as it relates to a business plan; 3) Organization; 4) Planning; 5) Framework (partnering, research, development); 6) Other considerations: a) Partnering; b) Business; c) Research; d) Development; e) Licensing; f) Residency; g) Summary.
Build it here now. We want to build it. Here. Now. This is a new paradigm. Everything on this list can be in it.
Notes and Topic Suggestions:
1 Outreach; 2 Small businesses; 3 Partnering; 4 Agriculture; 5 Architecture; 6 Energy exporting; 7 Consolidation of goals
8 Survey of resources; 9 The arts – performing, sculpture; 10 Framework describing the pieces to be incorporated;
11 Annual reports; 12 Manufacture and market solar water heaters; 13 Build a multi-disciplinary professional team;
14 Agribusinesses: cattle, bees
Vision statement; Variety of use: businesses, activities, open to entrepreneurs; Educate on how to fundraise; Create a product produced at Arcosanti; Define scope; Leverage growth with equity: you owe, we have; Re-institute co-usership equity; Asseta & land; Travel, beer, bikes; Public/Private; Philanthropy; Universities; Vision, brand , implementation; Licensed Soleri; Condos; Internet; Charitable donations; Leasable space; Re-institute co-user; Licensing & intellectual property rights; Vision; Mission statement; Sell it to a larger organization?
CATEGORIES: Licensing; Organization & Structure; Research; Businesses; Partnering; Planning; Residency
VISION: Ideological vision; Business plan vision; Vision statement (measurable, time-bound, concise); Re-define the mission statement; Re-institute co-usership equity; Educate on how to fundraise; Crowd-sourcing plan
TEAMS: Create advisory team; Create implementation team; Create outreach team; Create evaluation team; Build a multi- disciplinary professional team
NEEDS: Clear definition of vision statement: easy to duplicate the description to anyone; Communication; Elect a new board democratically; Advancement, development, implementation; Structure: corporation overseeing foundation, Cosanti originals, LLCs & entrepreneurial center
GOALS & PLANNING (We have the vision & the brand but we need an implementation plan): Survey of resources (physical plant, people skills); Build a framework plan to funnel investment; Build Arcosanti; Further Cosanti Foundation's total mission; Annual reports; Define scope; Describe the pieces to be incorporated; Focus how to build Arcosanti; Final design? Leverage growth with the equity you/we have: Assets & land. Consolidate goals: As goals are redefined, what are the costs associated?
PARTNERING: Agriculture & agri-business (cattle, crops); Partnerships to ramp up public image of Arcosanti; Partner with alumni; Outreach for charitable donations and estate gifts; Outside funding & partnerships s.a. Alaska Airlines: partner to offer packages, tours; Leverage existing pre-media advertising budget; Corporations: travel, beer, bikes; Public, private philanthropic partnerships P4; Universities
BUSINESSES: Develop and encourage small businesses; Develop vineyard and winery, tasting & restaurant; Manufacture & market solar water heaters; Mixed-use leasable space; Energy exporting; Variety of use: businesses, activities, open to entrepreneurship; Create a product produced at Arcosanti; Market architecture. The arts: performing, sculpture: Artists to create art on-site & sell on-site and off; Develop high desert ecological museum & educational institute
DEVELOPMENT: Funding strategy; Fundraising planning; Licensing; License Soleri images; Research; Vision, framework, scaffolding.
RESIDENCY: Intentional artist residency program; Lectures & exhibitions; Foundation-owned condos leased long-term, marketed to telecommuters with our new fibreinternet connection
On-Site Alumni Participation (Key Points)
1. Alumni coordinator on-site
a. Web contact
b. Leadership training
2. Alumni programs
a. Crew participation
b. Construction projects
c. Organized planned opportunities
3. Support growth of Arcosanti
a. Inclusion in Design/Planning (how to increase alumni participation)
c. Share visualization
New Hands-On Workshop Curriculum Construction Plan
1.) Shared hopes: Bring in more people; Hold workshops relevant to professional and amateur lives and Arcosanti; Link to professional organizations; Create "Programs worth returning for" eg: 101, 201, 301, etc.
2.) Other considerations: SAFETY; Dedicated funding; Dedicated leadership
Educational Extension Programs
1) Shared hopes: Revitalize educational ethos/core; Institute/ecocity “fractile” with an Arcosanti anatomy analogy – a place with continuous life, not a company town; Collaboration model outside and inside; Renew Elderhostel program; expand education and theology programs; establish Center for ecumenical dialogue. Who are partners? Develop fine teaching faculty, create an extension program; encourage grass-roots work in communities
2) Other Considerations: Go with Soleri’s original idea. Educate people from kindergarten to the grave about arcologies. Share the vision. Define what an institute at Arcosanti would look like.
o Prevent Arcosanti from failing as a model for arcology
o Continue developing a model as Paolo intended, continue being collaborative
o Pick up the threads of development, restore what’s been dropped. Partner with academia
o Share resources w/ other educational facilities: develop exchanges (current ex: PhD student from U of Stratford in Scotland)
o Education changes you!
o Increase links to American Institute of Architecture
o Someone from Arcosanti should be at the National LEED convention
o Arcosanti should become a living model of arcology
o To obtain college credits, participants might be students of: Architecture, Design, Film, Religious Studies, Fine Arts and Crafts, Education, Hospitality, Eco-tourism; Metal workers and trades, Dance, Theater, et al.
o Lecturers and Outreach: Use film as an educational tool (example: “Paolo Soleri: Citizen of the Planet”)
This group agreed to help the Board evolve to the next stage as the current Board has had this responsibility for a long time and currently only six people are responsible for Cosanti Foundation decision-making. The Board should be expanded. The most logical place to get new Board members is from the alumni. There is a list of things the Board has not been able to address. Another list shows items that need to be incorporated into the Board to move forward. The Board should use a SWOT analysis as a tool.
· By-laws updates
· Audit information
· Meeting minutes
o Technically, the Board must submit minutes at least once every 1/4 to the AZ State Chamber of Commerce. Minutes should also be provided to the Arcosanti Community Council
o Representative(s) on Community/alumni committee to create transparency of board actions/communication accountability
This should be a working group that adopts a non-confrontational, honoring tone and can establish a time-frame/deadline to increase and improve dialogue with Cosanti's Board with respect to needs and implementation of a five-year vision.
· Mission statement (amendment)
· Twelve-plus members
· Equal vote
· Term limits
· At least one community member
· At least one alumnus/alumna
· Board diversity
o International connections to visionary projects
o Non-profit experience
· Committee-workgroup model
· Regular annual public meetings
· Emeritus members
Employ a SWOT Analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats.
Need to restructure the Board with a five-year vision on how to get there; the first year is critical.
Possibilities: Separate Board for Arcosanti to drive forward the fulfillment of a constructed, thriving city as planned/dream.
· Board reform in general: Transparency and accountability to replace opaqueness and inaction; three “lifers” can become "honored" with status as emeritus (non-voting). Add board diversity: alumni and resident voting members (min. one of each)
What’s at stake? Fund-raising and investment opportunities; Stay/leave decisions.
What shall we do now? How are we to address these concerns:
· 1) Foundation attorney is on the Board
· 2) Emotional hold of “lifers”
· 3) Get copy of By-laws (Volunteer to work on updating or re-writing the By-laws)
· 5) Outside facilitator or not?
· 6) The "restructure interest" group
· 7) Need a mission statement!
· 8) Succession planning for Board membership: draw from diverse and large pool of candidates
· 9) State of Arizona Corporation law
Action item: Zac, Tracy, Jeffry Bruce will focus on By-law examples
1. What are current needs of this group?
2. How to get information? Need recent audit, mission statement, etc.
3. Core group emails
NEW ARCOSANTI EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: (John Cullinane 1965 Silt Pile; Rocky Gleason, 1981; Wes Ozier, former Workshop Coordinator; Quetzal, current workshop; Charles Quinlan, Cal Poly professor, has taken 20+ workshops)
GOALS: Increase the number of workshop participants, which would in turn increase the number of people living at Arcosanti. Increase the quality of the workshop programs to make Arcosanti an acknowledged center of learning. Make the lessons of the workshops relevant: to professionals who take the workshops so the lessons they learn will be relevant to their practices; to amateurs to help them develop more sustainable lives whereever they may live; relevant to the progress of Arcosanti so that the workshop program truly builds Arcosanti and students can see the relevance of their work to the progress of Arcosanti’s construction.
STEPS NECESSARY BEFORE THE NEW PROGRAMS BEGIN: 1.) Hire an Educational Programs Developer/Coordinator.
2.) Survey/Inventor, treatment plan. 3.) Yearly assessment and IFP, integrated facilities planning, tier 1, 2, and 3 audits.
4.) Construction Phasing Plan, breaking the construction plan down into minute phases so that each can be completed by a workshop. 5.) Curriculum Development: learning goals; lesson plans; androgogy/pedagogy for class room as well as hands-on learning aspects of all programs. 6.) Ensure that learning goals, lesson plans, androgogy/pedagogy aims are reflected in the Arcosanti construction phasing. *These steps can form workshops for continuing professional credits and/or internships.
EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP PROGRAMS: To achieve the learning goals of the new Arcosanti Educational Programs there will be four (4) programs: 1.) Preservation and rehabilitation workshops, geared for professionals in trade seeking continuing credits. The goals of these workshops will be to preserve the material as well as the methodology and techniques that built Cosanti and Arcosanti. These workshops will teach methods in Preservation, Conservation and Restoration by hands-on work at Cosanti and Arcosanti. The goals is not to ‘fix’ the many small problems around the site, rather to preserve what has already been built at both sites as well as to make sure that the structures remain sound. 2.) Permaculture design class to be used as a ‘101’ level course to introduce new students to the basic concepts in holistic sustainable design. 3.) Use four-step hands-on programs: (possibly more or fewer than four) steps to teach basic sustainable construction skills. The smallest program will construct cubes, like in camp, but the cubes will incorporate lessons in sustainable design - such as: alternative materials; passive solar design; green roofing; rainwater catchment; etc. Second step will teach greenhouse construction on the scale of (roughly) a 20x20 greenhouse. Third step will teach how to build freestanding (possibly 20x30) rooms’ based on the construction phasing plan of Arcosanti, imagining them as practice for the final step,. The fourth step will be to build actual parts of Arcosanti. 4.) Soleri Construction Workshops: Advanced Arcosanti construction workshops, participants will be able to work on building Soleri’s designs for Arcosanti (for example, the Chardin Cloister?)
Urban Food Forest and Apiary
1. Agriculture representative on the board
2. Dedicated agricultural LLC headed by board rep
3. Where is the labor force?
- Educational programs
- Migrant farm workers
Poly-culture (trees, mixed plants)
- Resident food sufficiency
6. Project-based crowd funding; i.e., energy apron, field development
7. Organic certification for Arcosanti agriculture: $2000
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Let’s grow together!
1. Meet with Board and Community Council, create 5-year agricultural plan within business plan (within next 3 weeks!)
2. Arco Alum CSA and Soleri dry-land farming
3. Agricultural Paid Workshops
4. Direct connection to Arcosanti
a. Select proper people to do diagnostics and connect w/ greenhouse project
b. Interface with staff and work-shoppers
· Five-year plan for new agriculture department to address income and education based on abundant natural resources of Arcosanti property. Dedicated board member in charge of progress, research, and development for agriculture. Dedicated short-term planning group, Dedicated agricultural workers to implement initial work, supplied with real agricultural tools, money, and respect. LLC for Farming, will:
o Serve Phoenix, the Valley area, Tucson, Flagstaff, and Prescott with organic food stuff
o Work with Organic Valley and Whole Foods to spread Arcosanti brand
o Educational workshops and interactive e-commerce web site
o Opuntia (Prickly Pear)
o Blue corn
o Super foods
§ Asian Pear
o Sugar cane
o Goats (cashmere?)
o Rabbits (Angora?)
o Apiary (Bees)
§ Apiary products (Mead, candles, soaps, salves, et al)
· Cover Crops & Soil Building
Social Revolution / Lovolution: a new economic and governance system
Host: Jane - Our Shared Hopes: Governance of Arcosanti; Economic revolution; Emotional support; Lead by example. Dharma – honor all tasks (credit accounting) and all Arconauts; Attract futurists, creative people, cultural creative. Arcosanti is not only a construction site! Other Considerations: Symbols of Arcosanti are important – especially communication; What is critical mass? Is it 35 or 3000? Spiritual focus & acknowledgement; International outreach; World Heritage Site? SUMMARY: Working model of: outreach, integration for society, involvement, innovations.
Arts and Culture (Events / Programming - Host: Ira)
Our Shared Hopes: Continue and augment the leveraging of extant spaces for artistic, cultural, & educational programming.
Return to the original mission vis-à-vis arts & culture in making construction & management decisions. Create more on-site active educational partnerships with existing arts & educational institutions. Broaden scope of arts & educational programming. Expand programs to support artists residencies (short & long term).
Other Considerations: Administration, structure, funding, changes in workshop policies. Mediating construction priorities w/ art & cultural (& educational) priorities. Much of site was built during culturally lively 1970’s – Let's recover that energy & keep building!
SUMMARY: Urban effect feeds into the energy necessary to complete the Arcosanti project & demonstrate its possibilities.
Arts and culture implies lots of people doing different things.
Background Notes for topic groups re: Board Restructuring; Arts & Ed; Financial Means of Getting Project Completed; Fundraising; Greenhouse Company; Growth Priorities:
1. Use of extant spaces:
a. Dedicated gallery spaces
i. Old bakery
ii. Lab building (entrance to site?)
b. Expanded use of performance spaces
i. Year-round programs
ii. Seasonal programs
c. Continue to create new spaces (purpose-built for arts and culture)
d. Build! Keep building!
2. Educational engagement
a. Partnerships with educational institutions
b. Partnerships with artistic /cultural institutions
c. Expanding crafts and trade educational programs
i. internships / apprenticeships within Cosanti Originals
ii. site-wide / pan-craft
3. Arts and culture-related residency:
a. Artist-in-residency programs
b. Expansion of possibility for resident artists / self-employed artists to live & work at Arcosanti
Some Board Development plans:
1.Write to Jeff Stein/Board of Trustees to communicate pressure on behalf of the community (Chris & alumni to do this week?)
2.Explore the structure of an advisory board (Jeff B). Participate in an advisory board (Amanda). Proposals to include: Advisory Board; Funding structure; Means of delegating money from the funding structure; Fund-raising plan; Budget
3-6 Month Action Steps: Alumni to develop list of Board responsibilities; Survey Board to obtain list of job responsibilities; Create Board development committee
Arts & Education Recommendations: Engage outside institutional organizations: Artistic; Educational (Prescott U., U of AZ, et al.); Architectural; Re-vision/re-evaluate on-site education. Create non-institutional residencies: Artists & craftspeople on-site, with or without workshop. Integrate arts & education into Board of Trustees' management; Develop independent educational projects
Translations of Paolo Soleri’s work, 3-6 Month Action Steps:
Writers' workshop - (John Gastin & Ivan Fritz: next year & immediately)
MIT outreach - (John & Ivan: immediately)
Establish architectural program - (Jeff Zucker: proposal has been submitted for a 5-year plan)
Draft vision statement for this work: (Prudence. relatively soon)
Develop workshop recruiting materials (Patrick)
Draft proposal for education mission statement: (Seeds to Disseminate, James Carnahan)
Regional Network plan: (Debra, 3-6 months)
Refine current plan
· Revise P.A.D., Involve expertise
o Yavapai County
· Creative Financing
· BUILD IT NOW!
o Organize alumni within 3-6 months
Getting It Built - Participants:
Steven Bingler: has been in a number of hurricanes, says 70% of population lives near coastline. We have a vast undeveloped inland that could be populated with arcologies.
· Christian Strait Vision Statement: “Within five years we will build a community of 300 people with a positive cash flow sufficient to support an arcology.”
· Dean Petrich: committed to completing Arcosanti soon
· Neil Urban, architect: land use, long-range transportation, management & design: In AZ we can incorporate as a city or town with a population of just over 1500 people.
· Tomiaki Tamura, architect, Cosanti Trustee
· Tim Brinduci, NY architect, lived at Arcosanti as project manager & metal shop; set up structure so visitors can build
· Carolyn Goff: managed the Café; strong in management
· Marie-Lawrence Noble - France, current workshop participant
· Phyllis: outreach
· Neutopia: suggests we set up yurts, invite people in, have it open; set up a policy group to change (federal?) law to make creation of sustainable housing a human right
· John Collin, Cosanti staff '65; architect since '73, involved in community preservation & conservation
· Summer Rains: community hospitals, software, taken by Paolo’s vision, however, we have not lived in an arcology. Build it to 5000-7000 people which will require the creation of laws and government. Think big.
· George Swetz: Architect for 3rd largest builder in the world.
· Anthony Floyd: Play here since '85. From the green building point of view, there are no green examples. We need to complete one working model. Pick any structure to do an anlaysis so it can be showcased, to prove that it will stand up against everything else in the building community.
· Andrew Brooks, student liaison & writer.
· Chad Cole, Masters in Architecture. Does programming. Interested in developing more small businesses at Arcosanti.
"Money is out there." There is funding available for affordable housing. Developers are looking for projects. There are many existing programs that we can leverage. Right now, the climate is cold for applying for tax credits. We could involve the Detroit investors. Consider the activities and possibilities in China. We need to be organized and specific, but where are the plans? How do we take the model or master plan to people with money?
Tomiaki explained that Soleri had a master plan, which he scaled down because money was scarce. The focus was on what could be done with available money. Once the cultural, educational and art programs were developed, he thought that money would define the needs of the design. However, the smaller projects superseded the bigger picture. Right now, Arcosanti is in the process of evaluating where it would like to be and then identifying those programs, based on its values; finally creating projects that will get it there. Whether it is finished or not, this is where we are. If we want to engage in something, make sure we are accountable for what we do. It is a big step for us when someone makes a decision for a project. (For Paolo, everything was a process.) We must create a forum to create an open discussion. When we began building the greenhouse, we realized it would not work so we had to stop construction. Now that Paolo is gone, we can (finally) open up forums.
Caroline Goff thinks we now have technology that enables anything; so that should not be a block. If we are all tuned into the same vision and we all agree on what the critical mass should be, then we can move forward. Let’s identify some tangible steps, starting with defining our vision statement so that it is time-balanced, measurable and specific.
Things do not have to be linear. Things can happen concurrently. We can work with "money people" without being "money people" ourselves. There is an energy that comes as we approach critical mass that will make money concern a non-issue. Keep foremost in our minds the “why.” When talking about something that is achievable, fully understand the plan; take full inventory of what we have, know the physical requirements for present & future. With 300 people willing to put money down, we can go to the developer and say, “Build it.”
Infrastructure for 300 full-time residents within 5 years (2019)
- Cash flow to support Phase I Arcology
· Swarming by internet
- · Explore funding, partnerships, & financing options
- · Explore & confirm programs & objectives together (critical thinking)
· Copy of alumni database
- · Mission statement sent to all alumni
- · Database of alumni areas of expertise
- · Earmarked accounts for projects
- Sponsoring students to workshops
- · Visitor database follow-through
- · Recruitment
RECOMMENDATIONS: Form an LLC; Fundraise; Form a holistic Agriculture Program; Greenhouse is essential, include alumni; Dedicated fund exclusive to the greenhouse; Plan for cover crops & orchards; $24,000 needed.
3-6 MONTH ACTION STEPS: Fund-raise for construction of greenhouse & plants (William: 6 months); Paperwork for LLC (Jeff K: 2 months); Meeting with Community Council to draft a proposal and budget (David Tollas: 2 weeks); Meeting with the Board (command to schedule a facilitated dialogue - Logan & Angie: n.d.); Email list for interested alumni (Ailsa: Today); Kick-starter, pending approval (Logan); Prioritize Growth (Andrew Brooks)
Time Line: 1. Alumni Consolidation; 2. Symbiosis with Cosanti Foundation (to establish immediate Board transparency, recognizing Community Rights because agency gives people the passion to “do” every day by recognizing their voices and their efforts (Establish Alumni Network (AAN) Volunteer Program,. Separate the departments: A.) Brand/marketing; B.) Agriculture; C.) Arts; D.) Education; E.) Outreach; F.) Directorship (Seek payroll w/in, w/out Cosanti) 3. Mission/Goals: a) Incorporation/Population Deadline: 2019; b.) Sustained arcological growth. c.) Cohesive; d. Profitable; 4.) Finish Arcosanti construction; 5.) Expand Int'l Outreach w/
a. World-class workshops
b. University/academia symbiosis
c. Arcological union
6. Arcology Proliferation (Community-based instructors, consultants, specialists who can be hired to advise on the construction of arcologies by the communities)
Suggestions for decision-making:
· IDEO Community forums
· Beach ball perspective (like the blind men describing an elephant: the collective view)
· "America Speaks" - techniques for engaging conversation for policy & decision-making
· SWOT Analysis tool
COMMUNICATION (Mural on wall of Cube in Camp)
Shall we share? Yes!
1. What is Mary's vision of the Arcology/Arcosanti?
2. What about Jeff Stein?
3. How are WE becoming a city?
4. What gives us power?
5. Who are we giving our power to?
6. How do WE create a reality here?
Whom will we combat with the toxic culture of our present world?
And why is that attractive?
7. Why have thousands of workshoppers passed through only to leave?
8. Are we being honest with ourselves?
9. Why were the fields plowed?
10. How can we provide and give support to ourselves and the arcology?
11. Where are we placing our values?
12. How do we interact / respect our peers (our equals)?
13. Who are we attracting? And how do we keep them here? Solving complacency?
14. Why are we all here?
15. What about the interchange @ Cordes Junction?
16. Where are the answers? And what are our available resources to answer these questions?
17. How do we create a place where people want to live their lives?
18. What lifestyles are the Arconauts living?
19. Why is bureaucracy concentrating on the 'Better Kind of Wrongness'?
20. What is progress aiming towards?
21. What do we / how do we remember the originals pioneering earth and how it smelled?
22. How can we regenerative growth?
23. How do we reformulate and not reform?
24. How can we collectively organize?
25. What qualities do we want here?
26. How will we all start change ourselves?
27. How do we create peace?
28. How do we enforce our worth? Powers? Values?
29. How do we bridge the inter-generational gap?
30. How do we find balance?
31. How do we become less passive-aggressive?
32. WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO?