Suffering, the Buddha noted, is a most fundamental element of the human condition. Who is not vulnerable to the "three poisons" (greed, aggression, ignorance)? Who is not vulnerable to their effects? And isn't it notable that humanity in general is comprised of at least as many slow learners as quick ones?
If that weren't the case, how could we blithely continue to pollute this watery planet on which we live?
It is, after all, the only home we have.
Arcosanti is a very small dot on the surface of the planet. Although its mission has certainly touched the lives of some, it has not yet been able to greatly advance architectural enterprise by influencing political decision-making, at least not where habitat, the building trades and construction industries are concerned.
Is it important to be concerned?
You bet it is. Good grief! In 1985, the think-tank WorldWatch Institute reported that the USA, with 5% of the world's population. occupying but 17% of the world's land mass, was consuming 75% of the world's resources. How can that be healthy?
My own prejudices continue to favor the possibility of a practical future that can demonstrate broader application of the ideas of arcology. Playing in the sand, as Paolo Soleri discovered, can lead to the building of more than seaside castles the oncoming tide will wash away. What isn't at all clear, though, is what can be accomplished without a shift in consciousness on the part of Cosanti Foundation. Its well-meaning Board of Trustees is faced with figuring out how to replace a conflict-of-interest administrative style with one that can implement a plan for sustainable development. (For some relevant background information on non-profit management, see the downloadable article and and a related link below on this page.)
However, if the planet is lucky and more people follow the example demonstrated in the Youtube below, perhaps a time for arcology will come sooner rather than later. The alternatives don't promise much of a future for planetary survival, do they?