Jeff Stein


Still Life

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” That was the French mathematician and Catholic theologian Blaise Pascal writing in the mid-1600’s. Now, some 350 years later, many of the 8 billion of us humans alive on the planet today get to see if he was correct. Just looking out at the sky,

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ARCOSANTI AND THE WORLD: Housing Policy and Us

ARCOSANTI AND THE WORLD Housing Policy and Us By Jeff Stein News this week from the NEW YORK TIMES. Their Sunday editorial, “Americans need More Neighbors” is a clear way of restating Arcosanti’s central theme, something we’ve been trying to describe by example in the Arizona desert for two generations. That is, there are all sorts of reasons – from

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“The word itself, automobile… it is a total misnomer, you know, “ said Paolo Soleri. Humans are truly auto-mobile, we can go anywhere, and we can pretty much go there under our own power. But cars can only move around on expensive, specially prepared surfaces – roads – and even then they need a human to drive them, to start and

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Arcosanti and Performance

In a recent ARCHITECTURE magazine, Aaron Betsky described a series of magnificent new performing arts centers in Europe and in the US, each one built out on the edge of a metropolis. Their location means, of course, that these things pull civic life right out of the city, and also, they are not for poor people, i.e. not for anyone

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Lauridsen, Copley, Arcosanti: The Colly Concert

To honor the legacy of Corolyn Woods Soleri, Paolo Soleri’s late wife, the 34th annual Colly Concert at Arcosanti this year provided an extraordinary evening of choral music by the composer Morten Lauridsen. An audience of 250 filled the East Crescent Amphitheatre to hear combined choirs of 240 voices performing an integrated program of music, poetry, dance, projected imagery, devised

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Desert / Water

This week, Jason Edelstein, a student at Florida International University, sent an inquiry via the web. “Hello Arcosanti,” he starts. “I am curious as to what measures you all are taking to ensure water security for the people who live there. I will be giving a presentation and offering advice for conflict resolution in a resource-driven context and would like

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Our time. Now. Early in the 21st Century. Nearly 100 years since the heroic age of powered flight, beyond the Wright brothers, way past Glenn Curtiss, over the mystique of Top Gun jet fighter pilots, to be “grounded” no longer means unable to fly. Instead, in an age in which everyone flies, at a time of peripatetic population movements, here

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Myth and Invention

“To get the most out of life as Our Creator intended it to be, A HOME OF YOUR OWN IS AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY.” This bit of advice comes to us from a 1910 Sears catalog for mail-order houses. Sears didn’t invent the idea of single-family houses of course; the company just added religious fervor to an argument about how to

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Arcosanti, Arizona: Out Here on the Edge

Barry Vacker is associate professor of media and cultural theory at Temple University’s School of Communication and Theatre in Philadelphia. He has also founded the Center for Media and Destiny a think-tank dedicated to mapping those two concerns on Spaceship Earth. Best of all, he is a man who has spent serious time at Arcosanti and has written about this place, most

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