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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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To evolve out of the traffic-jam, obese lifestyle of fast foods and corporate greed, we need to embrace the idea of the sacred arcology and build a car-free urban environment.
Arcology, the evolution of the city, could be located in inhospitable environments such as underneath the ocean or in Outer Space.
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However much its architects might distance themselves from the old scripts of arcology, Crystal Island is, in fact, an arcology for the age of global warming.
Soleri's career contains significant accomplishments in the fields of architecture and urban planning, and his groundbreaking philosophical writings on arcology, the co-presence of architecture with ecology.
New architecture incorporates innovations allowed by computer-aided parametric design, new materials, an emphasis on arcology (which is explained as "a portmanteau of the words 'architecture' and 'ecology"), and a drive toward "enormous habitats (hyper-structures) with high population densities," including the HOPSCA building type--combining "hotel, office, parking, shopping mall, convention center, and apartments.
Arcology is an architectural design approach that unites various parts of the city into an intregrated whole system.
The practicality of building arcology is integrated yoga or union in that it fuses all societal disciplines together into a coherent whole.
Some architects have imitated themselves -- Daniel Libeskind's jagged, anguished monument, Paoli Soleri's re-demonstration of arcology, Will Alsop's elegant graphic fantasy -- all three somewhat empty and curiously analogous.
Scottsdale Public Art is honoring the renowned Italian artist, architect, and philosopher who is celebrated worldwide for his forward-thinking concept of arcology on Saturday, December 11 at the Scottsdale Waterfront.