Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Italian architect Paolo Soleri's 'Arcosanti' - prototype of a green community of the future

From Tim Blair:

Byron York visits a futuristic wonderworld:
In the high desert of central Arizona, more than five thousand miles from the global-warming summit in Copenhagen, sits an aging and unfinished vision of the enviro-friendly, sustainable life that some climate change activists foresee for us all. It’s called Arcosanti, created in 1970 by the Italian architect Paolo Soleri, and it is the prototype of a green community of the future.

The only problem is, it doesn’t work. And it never did.
Nothing green ever does, from lightbulbs and economy contests to hybrids and geothermal energy. Yet in its early years, this eco-paradise was thought as crucial as Copenhagen is said to be today:
“As urban architecture, Arcosanti is probably the most important experiment undertaken in our lifetime,” wrote Newsweek in 1976.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nothing green ever works? Do you honestly believe that. Time to do more research. How about urban gardening, farmers markets, buying local, LED, Toyota's hybrid that has been around for 20 years in Japan?? NAy