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I am also interested in using Arcosanti as a subject for lesson plans. It is
an excellent example of a pro-active way to deal with the depletion of the
earths resources and the polluting of the environment.
I think it is important to realize that there is no such thing as a perfect
community. However, we must strive to improve on the current structures. If
ideas like those found at Arcosanti are not explored, there will be fewer
productive answers available for the development of new cities and for fixing
older ones that reach breaking points.
For example, cities such as Los Angeles and Phoenix are so spread out that
land has been used for building without much regard for the ecological
systems that once inhabited them. In addition, in order to get anywhere in
these cities one has to drive, often on congested freeways. This has many
costs associated with it, and it creates air that is at times dangerous to
Eventually, these types of cities will have to make changes in order to
survive. At that point, they may consider sectioning off smaller communities
that could adopt Arcosanti type ideas.
There are of course many other applications for the ideas being explored at
Arcosanti. And the complexities of the integrations of art and science found
there lend themselves well to the creation of a comprehensive set of lesson
plans. I think it is vital that we demonstrate to children that cities and
products can be created and utilized that consider the impact on the
environment as being as important as financial concerns.
I am looking forward to reading more about your lesson plans. I plan to do
more research on Soleri and Arcosanti and would be interested in sharing
ArtEd Univ. of Arizona