? COSANTI FOUNDATION PRESS RELEASE
November 25. 2009:

Urban Planning Innovator Paolo Soleri Presents Work at “3D City: Future China” Exhibit in Beijing.

Architect Paolo Soleri will speak at the opening of an exhibition featuring his work at the Beijing Center for the Arts, which will run from November 29, 2009 – February 28, 2010.

On November 28, 2009, architect Paolo Soleri will speak at the Beijing Center of the Arts (BCA) in the opening forum of an exhibit presenting his work in alternative architecture and planning. Titled “THREE-DIMENSIONAL CITY: FUTURE CHINA”, the exhibition explores possibilities for China’s urban future through revolutionary planning and architecture.
Running from November 29, 2009 through February 28, 2010, the exhibition is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., closed Mondays. The BCA sits at the edge of Beijing’s famous Tian’anmen Square. Three Dimensional City: Future China highlights Paolo Soleri’s arcology design LEAN LINEAR CITY with a 5 x 36 foot architectural model (1:1,000 scale) among displays of other arcology design concepts, a portion of the 66 foot Two Suns Arcology scroll, historical sketches, and videos. The exhibition also features the work of MVRDV, a large architecture firm from the Netherlands, highly regarded for its alternative, ecologically minded designs.


? [photo: exhibition preparation of the Lean Linear City model, which was built in China at Beijing Center of the Arts initiative, according to plans and CAD drawings provided by Arcosanti Planning Department, detailed report will follow next week].

Continued press release:
The BCA reports, “Three Dimensional City is poised to envision an ideal living environment and future urban ecology. The project addresses the depletion of land and energy resources. Not only will it be an enlightening project from which our future urban planning programs can draw inspiration, but also hopes to involve an exhilarating social reformation.”
Arcology, the concept of architecture + ecology that Soleri is most well known for, describes a dense, compact, three dimensional, pedestrian urban system that reduces human impact on the environment while improving quality of life and Lean Linear City is Soleri’s latest arcology proposition. Like all of Soleri’s arcology designs, Lean Linear City’s structures reduce energy demand, mainly for heating/cooling by using passive solar design and for transportation by incorporating logistics into the system’s plan.
“With attempts to curb global warming by maximizing its reduction of energy consumption and carbon emission and efforts to reclaim land that has been invaded and occupied in the chaos of horizontally spreading cities, humanity is looking for ideal future cities of high-density residences living in harmony with nature,” states the BCA.


? [photo: exhibition preparation of scroll display. Note the mirror at the end of the case. It will double the length of the display]

Continued press release:
Arcology is the opposite of the single family, suburban home, incorporating all urban functions into a compact yet complex system that offers metropolitan amenities without sacrificing closeness to nature. Soleri argues that the world cannot sustain the social, environmental, and economic costs of urban sprawl. “The idea resonates more in China because they are faced with increasingly demanding population and resource issues,” claims Arcosanti rep Erin Jeffries. “In time, I believe more Americans will realize that it’s impossible to continue on our current course and that there are social as well as environmental benefits of the arcology concept.”
The “Lean Linear” approach incorporates two main structures, or “urban ribbons,” around a continuous urban park and “green river” and the buildings are surrounded by vast, natural landscape, allowing immense opportunity for experiencing nature and wildlife firsthand. Lean Linear City improves on earlier arcology design concepts with considerable energy production capacity. Its structures are lined at the top edges with photovoltaic (solar) panels facing southward and vertical axis wind turbines. With a complex arrangement of multiple and mixed-use structures around both light rail and high-speed rail networks, residents of Lean Linear City could reach all daily destinations with only a short walk or brief ride on a train. The dense urban ribbons can move through production farmland, bringing the city to the farmer and include agriculture production in the large, attached solar greenhouses and orchard terraces.

End of text from Cosanti Foundation press release.
We will continue to report on the exhibition and it’s history with updated images, during the next two weeks.


? [photo: The model is in place and covered during final cleaning. Again, note the mirror at the end of the case. It will double the length of the model display]

BEIJING CENTER OF THE ARTS
Opening Schedule

3D City: Future China
— International Architecture and Art Cross Disciplinary Forum
November 28, 2009
13:30 – 17:30
Chief curator: Weng Ling, Feng Lun
Participating architect: Paolo Soleri (U.S.)
MVRDV (Netherlands)

Organizer: Beijing Center for the Arts
Beijing Vantone Citylogic Investment Corporation
Venue: Beijing Center for the Arts
No.23, Qian Men Dong Da Jie, Dong Cheng District, Beijing
Support: ISreading Culture
Sponsor: AUDI

Background
For the first time in 2008, the world’s urban population has exceeded that of rural. As the pattern of urban sprawl hits its peak, urban development is facing a bottleneck, putting a strain on natural resources, and pressure on sustainability. With attempts to curb global warming by maximizing its reduction of energy consumption and carbon emission, and efforts to reclaim land that has been invaded and occupied in the chaos of horizontally spreading cities, humanity is looking for ideal future cities of high-density residences living in harmony with nature.
“3D City: Future China – International Architecture and Art Invitational Exhibition” will invite Paolo Soleri, father of “Arcology” and cutting-edge architect group MVRDV to envision a future city that is able to accommodate 100,000 – 300,000 residents within a limited area of 1 – 2 square kilometers. The “Cross Disciplinary Forum” will accomplish its commitment of providing multi-dimensional visions and solutions for creating ideal future cities and developing sustainable urban ecology by gathering experts, scholars and practitioners in front line of a number of fields – urban planning, architecture, design, art, environment, economic, and so on, discussing the possibility of achieving eco-friendly 3D cities in China.


? [photo: exhibition preparation of scroll display. This is a Paolo Soleri Original scroll drawing of the TWO SUNS series]

Theme
In modern architectural history, many architects have had the utopian dream of building a “three dimensional city”. For example, Japanese architect, Isozaki Arata had proposed a series of plans on “city in the sky” in the 1960s (“Multilayer activities added to spaces above ground while maintaining that exists on the streets, such proposals were named as ‘city in the sky'”… “We will expand architecture to urban scale, in the contrary appropriates urban elements into architectural design in order to reshape the architectural form”). The American architect and urban planning theorist Paolo Soleri further adopted an efficient principle of “complex – condense – sustainable” design (arcology) for human living implemented in Arcosanti – an experimental creation out of pure imagination (“Arcology instructs to reorganize the over-expanded city into a condensed, united and three dimensional city, allowing them to continue to sustain the complicated activities of human civilization. This city would be a critical step in the course of human evolution”).
If Isozaki Arata’s grand urban complex is an “architectural” resolution to the rapid expansion, highly dense urban environment, then Paolo Soleri’s desert city – Arcosanti is an alternative experiment in “small scale” in response to contemporary reality, and the analysis performed by MVRDV based on actual data offers visualizations of such imaginations of the future city. Thus, China in a high-speed urbanization era, confronted with many new issues (for example, the overflow of homogeneous spaces caused by high-speed urbanization) and new pursuits (for instance, ecological/energy design, perpendicular/complex communication system, and the making of new urban spaces), is most likely to realize the dream of building three dimensional cities featuring sophisticated combinations of high-rises and certain futuristic qualities.


? [photo: exhibition preparation of scroll display. This is a Paolo Soleri Original scroll drawing of the TWO SUNS series]

Three dimensional city far exceeds the working boundary of the “architect” and “urban planner” in the traditional sense. It needs convergence of all social resources, processing to study in depth and integrate extensively the urban elements of architecture, planning, ecology, natural resources, landscape, living and working models and complex network of transportation, and so on – it is an opportunity this era has offered to city builders, allowing utopian dreams of the past to be realized today.

Agenda
12:00 – 13:30 Luncheon and private viewing for forum guests
Forum
Part I: 13:30 – 14:40 3D City: Dream and its Realization
Dreaming of “3D City” utopia by modern architects is not rare through modern history. If Paolo Soelri’s “Arcosanti” is an eminent experiment in “mini-scale” challenging the contemporary reality, then the audacious imagination of MVRDV on basis of “data-scape” can be esteemed as a magnificent visualization of future city. In China, urban modernity is still measured by CBDs and super-skyscrapers, which requires great attention and serious reflection.

Host: Fan Di’an Director of NAMOC
Guest Speaker: Paolo Soleri American architect, father of “Arcology”
MVRDV vanguard architectural group from Netherlands
40’ lecture + 30’ discussion

14:40 – 15:30 Tea break
Part II: 15:00 – 16:00 3D City: Reality and Design
3D city features complex of high-rises with certain “futuristic” nature. If it up-to-now is still dreams in minds of western architects, then it could become true in China of an era when challenges and demands are both increased by accelerating urbanization. But the question is, are we ready to deal with it and how? Hereby, a few farsighted architects will give us their understandings of the subject.
Host: Shi Jian Critic of architecture/ city, director of ISreading Culture
Guest speaker:
Cui Kai Vice president, Architecture and Design Academy of China
Ma Yansong Chinese architect
Zhu Pei Chinese architect
Wang Hui Chinese architect
Wang Hui Partner, Urbanus Architecture and Design
30’ lecture + 30’ discussion

Part III: 16:00 – 17:00 3D City: Resources and Ecology
3D city far exceeds the working boundary of the “architect” and “urban planner” in the traditional sense. It needs convergence of all social resources, processing to study in depth and integrate extensively the urban elements of architecture, planning, ecology, natural resources, landscape, living and working models and complex network of transportation, and so on – it is an opportunity this era has offered to city builders, allowing utopian dreams of the past to be realized today.

Host: Shi Jian Architecture/ city critic; Director, ISreading Culture
Guest Speaker:
Zhan Wang Chinese contemporary artist, sculptor
Lu Zhi Director, Shan Shui Conservation Center
Lu Minjie Director, AUDI China Sales Department
Mi Qiu Public artist
Chen Jiaying Chinese contemporary philosopher
30’ lecture + 30’ discussion

Conclusion: 17:00 – 17:10
Guest speaker: Weng Ling Art curator; Director, the Beijing Center for the Arts
Q&A: 17:10 – 17:30
18:00 – 20:00 Opening cocktail
20:00 – VIP dinner

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