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Lesson Plans

A&E.A Arcosanti as art?

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Wed, 15 Oct 1997 13:22:45 -0400 (EDT)

In reading about Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti community, I began to question if
it should be considered ecological art.

Is it not simply a long term human experiment that incorporates the ecology
of the area into its architecture and living systems?

I can see how the buildings of Arcosanti can be considered ecological art, as
they have been constructed utilizing ecologically senstitive architecture.
But are we to consider the lives of the inhabitants as a work of art also?
And if we are, how can we categorize the Arcosanti experiment to compare it
to other types of art? Is it an installation with human components? Or
perhaps Arcosanti is an ongoing performance piece with no set ending.

Any ideas?

mark g.