Message - Re: Arcosanti, is it an urban laboratory???

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Posted by  Bob Manley on February 28, 2004 at 07:42:51:

In Reply to:  Re: Arcosanti, is it an urban laboratory??? posted by Justin Hui on February 22, 2004 at 08:07:47:

As an experimental lab, Arcosanti may not be a failure. The builders have had total control over its growth, so it is coming together as a unified demonstration of the arcology concept.

As a city, it could easily be considered a failure. The population of a city lives in the city, but they have other concerns than the building of their city. Arcosanti was meant to be a town of 5,000 people. If you look at an existing town that size, you will see that even a city this small has far more variety than Arcosanti. Employment comes from businesses making a profit, not from the process of building the city. I live in Houston, but I don't work for the city of Houston, and I am not directly involved in building Houston. By contrast, Arcosanti appears to have one industry, building itself.

Perhaps Arcosanti could be a true city one day, but then it might lose the qualities that make it such a good laboratory. Construction aimed at meeting the current and future desires of the population is inherently less controlled than construction based on a pre-established plan.

Who knows? All I know is that a real city houses people who work for someone other than the city itself.

Bob Manley

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