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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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For more information on Paolo Soleri's experimental arcology in progress see www.
Scottsdale Public Art honored 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.
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.
Indeed, plenty of enthusiasts have been drawn to the shining monumentality and purity of the withdrawal that arcology offers (whether or not they use Soleri's term), or simply to the carnival attractions of the megabuilding and its stake in the Guinness World Records.
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.
Her examples include the Situationnists in France and the Archigram group in England, as well as Paolo Soleri's Arcology project.
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.
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.
To create such a solar civilization requires us to imagine an evolutionary city design, what architect Paolo Soleri calls arcology, the union of architecture and ecology.
Michael Braungart, Arcology Phoenix would be a model that could
We believe Arcosanti and arcology have vital contributions to make to the new world of cyberspace," observed conference Co-Director Michael Gosney.