I HAD SOME BIG THINKING TO DO ABOUT ARCOSANTI. Thanks to Mary Hoadley, Arcosanti Site Manager and a co- Trustee of The Cosanti Foundation, I'm amazed to discover I'm responsible for assuring that Arcosanti will retrofit for ADA-compliance.
WHAT A GREAT PROJECT. I can see we'd better get started immediately - like, right now! - to be in good time for 2019, what would have been the 100th birthday of Paolo Soleri. .
My first thoughts about this unexpected opportunity were all tumbled together, I'm sorting them out as I go. High on my list of what has to happen is making sure that carrying out this essential task will assure Arcosanti gets to hold the world's title in handicap accommodation, *the* place in North America to experience the world's most handicap-aware, handicap-friendly design.
I hsvrn't worked out all the design algorhythmsyet: there are a zillion (well, probably I exaggerate, but really quite a few) elements to factor into this project as an ongoing process. It's already fun, putting them into a durable basket (arconaut-designed, ya know) that's holding up pretty fine to mucho: dipping in. pulling out, wiggling, waving, putting back in.
All of which somehow got me into wondering about repetition:
If repetition games were not different from each other, would they all be the same game?
WHAT INSPIRED THIS LINE OF THOUGHT WAS A DISNEY MOVIE "The Jungle Book," a brilliantly made film. Although I've not seen everything Disney Studios ever made, I was inspired by that one to rush to <Gutenberg.org> for a pdf of all of Rudyard Kipling's writing. Living in a post-colonial world as we all do, the mentality of the British Raj has already begun to take on new meaning.
THE REPETITIVE GAME OF DOING WHAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN DONE is a major comfort zone for many people, as you might imagine. But what struck me square, since I was contemplating what it will take for Arcosanti to show off its capabilities with this project, is that the DO AS YOU ALWAYS HAVE DONE game doesn't have to end just because a new game of THINGS HAVE TO CHANGE is also being played.
Best analogy I can think of is TENSION AND COMPRESSION. Both are needed if you have an interest or are involved in a design-focused world.
COMFORT ZONES CAN BE ADJUSTED. HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR THERMOSTAT RECENTLY? Even if takes anthropological thinking to fathom how human behavior has its roots in the ways personal cultural conventions dictate to humans in groups, how humans receive what was dictated isn't always straightforward. Quite the opposite....
Dr. Spock, as played by Leonard Nimoy on Star Trek, knew how to put dissociation to use as an actor; but he also was able to requisition dissociation beyond such public persona display to gain insight into the character he was developing: a male Klingon, a being from another planetary system..
THE DISCONNECT PUT ME IN MIND OF WHAT DISABILITY AND SAFETY MEAN FOR ARCOSANTI. Stunningly, I was reminded by my New Denver pal Burgin Jacobs that there's a bottom line with respect to safety. Burgin is especially sensitive to talk about material matters, having been raised in Toronto by architect Bob and urban analyst Jane. What she pointed out is that the bottom-line starting point, when it comes to safety, is SUICIDE-PROOF.
As injunctions go, that one reminded me immediately of what the NYC MTA has to deal with, Surely worth emulating: 24/7/365, umpteen millions of riders, astonishing quantities of trash, hardly any accidents. Ever
MARY HOADLEY ALSO REMINDED ME PAOLO SOLERI BELIEVED THAT ARCOSANTI WOULD FUNCTION AS A COOPERATIVE. Which made it practically a no-brainer to envision ArCoop administering the Arcosanti Workshop Program that will be needed for perfecto handicap-access retrofitting.
ERGO: OYEZ, OYEZ! HEAR YE, HEAR YE! CALLING ALL ARCONAUTS! There are multiple work-fronts available for Arco-op's launch of a 2-year startoff phase of this workshop project. Teams of designers, please talk among yourselves! Come together. all ye like-minded souls! We want to be very well-informed by consultation with populations of all sorts of folks who may be concerned about accommodation for accessibility and safety at Arcosanti.
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