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Arcology

A conception of architecture (1969) involving the fusion of architecture and ecology, proposed by Paolo Soleri, an Italian architect living in America. Arcology is Soleri’s solution to urban problems. He proposed vast vertical structures capable of housing millions of inhabitants. One of Soleri’s’ visionary projects, Arcosanti (illus.), is being constructed north of Phoenix in Meyer, AZ.
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When the environmental movement co-opts this slogan as our underpinning principle, then mobilizing to build a network of solar-powered arcologies to house everyone sustainably seems possible.
Will a network of arcologies be born or will eukaryotic cells, the cells that make up the human body, suffocate in the [CO.
He calls these eco-cities arcologies, the marriage of architecture and ecology to create urban habitats that conserve resources and blend harmoniously with the environment.
The good life is the car-free life of transportation networks within solar-powered arcologies.
I see a time in the near future where solar power plants in Outer Space provide a world energy grid, envisioned by Buck-minster Fuller in his book Critical Path, the necessary power to create a network of arcologies on Earth and beyond.
In the future, I see solar-powered sails projecting starship arcologies into deep space.
Finally and forever we are free to build futuristic high-tech car-free arcologies of our finest dreams.