Monday, September 17, 2007

Acrosanti in NYT

The NYT has an article about Arcosanti.
Definitely one of the weirdest places I've ever been to (I went for a Soleri seminar a few years ago). Kinda like if you crossbreed hippies with the crew from StarTrek. In other words, a place from the future that time has passed by.
It's strangely elating and depressing at the same time.Soleri is getting desperately old, and I am not sure if his idea of the acrology will die with him, but it's probably the last piece of we-can-do-it 50s spirit left in the world.

All these contradictions:

  • A new world without ethernet
  • The future of architecture, financed by handmade gongs and  tschotchkes
  • Architects and hippies--the fundraiser the night I spent there was some Indian (as the continent, not the surrounding native American tribes) flute player
  • Visions about a city for 100 millions with the organizational skill of a NPR bake sale
  • An old, old person talking to people in their 20s and 30s about the future of human habitation
Actually, it's very potent memory. Go if you can, if not, watch Logan's Run, Arcosanti is like that--without the sky trains and the Sandmen.

On the other hand, it'll never be finished....and I am not sure if it's a noble failure, or just a monument to stubbornness and refusal to adapt to a changing world.

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