Paolo Soleri, late 1960’s:

THE ARCOLOGICAL COMMITMENT

* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST SOLUTION TO THE SHELTERING OF AN EXPLODING POPULATION, ALTHOUGH IT IS THAT.

* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THE ECOLOGICAL DEBACLE, ALTHOUGH IT IS THAT.

* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY REAL SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF WASTE-AFFLUENCE, ALTHOUGH IT IS THAT.

* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY TRUE RESOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF POLLUTION, ALTHOUGH IT IS THAT.

* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY TRUE ROAD TO LAND, AIR AND WATER CONSERVATION, ALTHOUGH IT IS THAT.

* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS STRUCTURALLY DESEGREGATING PEOPLE, THINGS AND PERFORMANCES, ALTHOUGH IT IS THAT.

* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST INSTRUMENT FOR SURVIVAL, ALTHOUGH IT IS JUST THAT.

ALL THESE ARE REMEDIAL REASONS, IMPORTANT TO MAN, BUT ONLY INSTRUMENTAL TO THE SPECIFIC HUMANENESS HE SEEKS. THEY ARE MAN-UTENTIVE AND RESTORATIVE. THEY ARE NOT SPECIFICALLY CREATIVE. BY THEIR IMPLEMENTATION, THE REFUND HEALTH OF MAN AND EARTH COULD NEVER BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR GRACE BUT ONLY A THRESHOLD TO IT.

THE ARCOLOGICAL COMMITMENT IS INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT ADVOCATES A PHYSICAL SYSTEM THAT JUSTLY CONSENTS AND FOSTERS THE HIGH COMPRESSION OF THINGS, ENERGIES, LOGISTICS, INFORMATION, PERFORMANCES, THINKING, DOING, LIVING, LEARNING, PLAYING, INTO URBAN-HUMAN INTEGRALS THAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL, CRITICAL, VIBRANT PHENOMENON OF LIFE AT IT’S MOST LIVELY AND COMPASSIONATE; THE STATE OF GRACE [ESTHETOGENISIS] POSSIBLE FOR A SOCIALLY AND INDIVIDUALLY HEALTHY MAN ON AN ECOLOGICALLY HEALTHY EARTH.

[photo by Alfonso Elia, the text is on many of the early workshop brochures/posters, see the Arcosanti 3 workshop poster that is available at the Arcosanti Visitors Center – Gallery]

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