? Arcosanti’s Planning Department presented Lean Linear City in the discussion “Forum Sustainable Urban Growth in Arizona”, the second of the Desert Environment Series, initiated by Alex Barragan. The forum, held at the Phoenix Burton Barr Library on December 6th, started with photographer David Muench’s presentation on the powerful beauty of desert environments. ? Arcosanti’s Planning Department presented Lean Linear City in the discussion “Forum Sustainable Urban Growth in Arizona”, the second of the Desert Environment Series, initiated by Alex Barragan. The forum, held at the Phoenix Burton Barr Library on December 6th, started with photographer David Muench’s presentation on the powerful beauty of desert environments.


? After the introduction by the moderator, Phoenix Architect Steven J. Gottesman, AIA LEED, Nadia Begin, a member of Paolo Soleri’s design studio, acquainted the audience with his plans for the model arcology Solare, an urban environment designed with mass transit transportation in mind. Solare’s other name, Lean Linear City, stems from the metropolis footprint which follows a continuous line. Due to this design, Solare could use fast-speed Maglev trains for transportation between different sections of the city.
All other essential arcology features, like density, mixed-use, pedestrian oriented spaces, and maximum use of sun and wind energy are also integrated in Solare’s design.
Following Soleri, Rakesh Tripathi, Director of the Multimodal Planning Division of Arizona’s Department of Transportation, supported the notion of developing a rail systems as an efficient and sustainable mode of transportation in population-growing Arizona.
The discussion was finalized by John Meunier, a Professor from ASU’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Everyone at the lecture eagerly focused attention on Prof. Meunier’s speech on the history and future of compact urbanism.


? Besides a voluminous research in architecture and humanity, Paolo Soleri has also influenced a number of practicing architects. The Burton Barr Library building was designed by award-winning architect
Will Bruder, a student of Paolo Soleri in the 1960s.

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