What Paolo is saying!? Soleri Soleri Soleri #1 humant on dis Planet! Duh!

From the AuthorNot really knowing if things get ready for a torrid planet or for a new Ice Age, the poor architects are faced by a habitat singularly off target. In either case the single home will be the wrong package. Tightly woven minimalist packages for entire communities will become mandatory.Not to imitate the nano-biotechnology of organisms but put to use its teaching: self containment, miniaturization, complexity, automation under the tutelage of volition and religion. Volition is the (automated) inner drive of the living. Religion is the bonding (derived from religare in Latin) indispensable for the volitional sparks. Am I speaking arcology?!?! If so, this 37-year-old publication still resonates with my current thinking.I am advocating a Lean Hypothesis about reality and a Lean Alternative to our materialistic culture. With the lean urban development I put tangibility to my conjecturing. Years ago I declared that Leanness is frugality fraught with sophistication. The gazelle is lean, i.e. frugality wrapped in grace.Can anyone imagine a frozen tundra or a scorching Sahara colonized by millions of hermitages, single homes? A nightmarish American Dream incapable of supporting any kind of dignified life, let alone the evolution of a civilization. Is the exurban (ever-expanding suburban) metastasis a bejeweled dream? Of food and shelter, the two indispensable needs of life, shelter is the direct responsibility of planners; architects, urban planners, builders, developers, speculators, politicians, students… time to wake up!…Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti, Arizona    from 39 year update of Arcology city in the image of WoManhttp://tinyurl.com/6mq6vl



Paolo Soleri honored this weekend in San Fran.! Digital Be-In & EcoCity conf.

After 40+ years San Francisco seems to be the first city on the Planet Earth/Gaia to get a clue about Soleri’s work and ideas! Bucky Fuller mentions somewhere that on average it takes 50+ years for an Innovation to really catch on….so  10 more years to go!  Stewart Brand featured Soleri way back in the Fall of 1968 in the  Whole Earth Catalog! Arthur C. Clarke in his farewell video last Dec., 2007, said that it only took 25+ years for 1/2 of Humanity to get cell phones! That’s over 3+ billion people!  A video last month showed the first cell phone being used 35+ years ago….    The Digital Be-In is pleased to be honoring urban designer  Paolo Soleri,who is appearing at the  Ecocity World Summit  in San Francisco, with a special presentation on his major contributions to the sustainable city movement.  


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 See one of Soleri’s earliest Arcologies, Asteromo! One of the first space colonies ever designed, circa 1969?!  fromhttp://pruned.blogspot.com/2006/02/asteromo.html