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catachresis wrote

Has anyone here visited Arcosanti? What was it like?

The pessimist in me thinks it’s just an expensive art project. What is arcology if it is only practiced in a town surviving off of tourism around arcology?

Afaik Arizona is one of the easiest places to build carbon-neutral earthships (did I get the name right?) and expensive architectural projects that aim to do same thing seems like green-washed high art vacation destination.

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Anarcat wrote

Paolo Soleri and his crew want to use the word one way, but 99% of people understand 'arcology' the Sim City way.

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Kinshavo OP wrote

I like when people give a genuine try in imagining alternatives, and even if I disagree with "technical solutions for non-technical problems" I can't help but admire some stuff.

That said, I would not change Slab City over Arcosanti for anything, and the reason is simple: people. If you don't engage meaningfully with people the project will die.

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Anarcat wrote

That said, I would not change Slab City over Arcosanti for anything, and the reason is simple: people. If you don't engage meaningfully with people the project will die.

So it turns out marketing is the most important thing.

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Kinshavo OP wrote

Not in my opinion, marketing has nothing to do with engaging people in the project, marketing is promoting a product not an idea. If you want to sell your idea than you got a product.

I was considering both projects as non profit seeking ones.

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