ArcoBlog

31
Jul

The City & Narriative

  The City & Narrative by Nathan Hays   African acacias protect themselves from herbivores by producing a poison within their leaves when they are damaged. But these miraculous plants have a far more surprising strategy. They speak, and they listen, in a language that moves by us unnoticed. An ethylene compound fills the air around them and is carried

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9
Jun

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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21
Oct

Arcosanti Needs Allies

By Timothy Bell Over this past weekend, Arcosanti hosted the annual Convergence Conference and Festival. During these three days, experts working in the fields of social justice, science, agroecology, permaculture, and beyond, all gathered to exchange ideas and celebrate at the Urban Laboratory. Our challenge to ourselves this year was to prove that a Festival could be regenerative. The dream

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7
Oct

Allison Arieff Calls Out the Car

By Jeff Stein Allison Arieff: you know, founder and past editor of DWELL magazine; currently editorial director for the urban planning and policy think tank, SPUR / San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association. She writes about architecture, design, cities and technology for the Opinion section of The New York Times. In the TIMES Sunday OCT 6 edition

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25
Sep

READ ANY BOOKS? (Here’s one…GODS OF THE UPPER AIR)

By Jeff Stein Now look here, and as you do, please find a couple paragraphs that describe Charles King’s new book about cultural anthropology and the small group of people who, nearly 100 years ago, made it both a discipline and a game changer in western civilization. I send you this, on a perfectly fine end-of-September afternoon, because I think

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11
Sep

DECONSTRUCTING ARCOSANTI

By Johann Haslauer, Landshut, Germany Arcosanti Alum What is Paolo Soleri’s philosophy? What is the philosophy of Arcosanti?   For his investigation, Johann Haslauer from Landshut, Germany, tries a kind of “deconstructive” approach: Not through an academic analysis of Paolo’s writing but through his very personal encounters with Arcosanti. That means to also interpret the built work as text, and

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22
Aug

THE TREACHERY OF IMAGERY

By Jeff Stein   “This is not a pipe” Rene Magritte   The artist Rene Magritte (1898-1967) worried about his fellow humans misunderstanding the world by experiencing it only through images. “The treachery of imagery” he called it and made this painting that describes his concern. Of course, the issue for Magritte was: it’s a PICTURE of a pipe. An

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5
Aug

New Horizon

By Jeff Stein Doug Aitken and Zach Tetrault; these two are old hands at Arcosanti. Over the years, both at Arcosanti and beyond, they have proclaimed in print and through their work how the power of Paolo Soleri’s ideas has made a big impression on them. You may have seen the YouTube / Sundance interview that Aitken did with Paolo

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22
Jul

COSANTI PERSISTS! Remembering the Early Days

By California architect Lamont Langworthy with Jeff Stein Not everyone reading this is young enough to have worked on Arcosanti. Some folks sought-out Paolo Soleri’s ideas long before there even WAS an Arcosanti. They came, in the 1950’s and 1960’s, to Cosanti, a very different sort of architectural experiment than Arcosanti, intimate in its scale, intricate in how it’s spaces

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8
Jul

Peri-Urban Agriculture at Arcosanti and Beyond

Hello Arconauts and others involved in the Arcosanti project! I am excited and honored to “be” here. Thanks for sharing your time. My name is Julian Lauzzana. I lived and worked at Arcosanti during 2005-2006 and return whenever I can. I consider Arcosanti one of my favorite places on the planet. Though I could delve into many areas, I will

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