Most weeks, on Wednesday or Thursday afternoon, there is ‘School of Thought’ here at Arcosanti. This is a an hour of philosophy, open to the public, discussing the ideas of Paolo Soleri with Paolo Soleri.
Usually there is a theme, one of Soleri’s papers, the subject usually picked out by a group of workshop participants.
If you are interested in attending, please call ahead to make sure of the date and time.Most weeks, on Wednesday or Thursday afternoon, there is ‘School of Thought’ here at Arcosanti. This is a an hour of philosophy, open to the public, discussing the ideas of Paolo Soleri with Paolo Soleri.
Usually there is a theme, one of Soleri’s papers, the subject usually picked out by a group of workshop participants.
If you are interested in attending, please call ahead to make sure of the date and time.

[The photos were taken during School of Thought on December 16. 2010. Paolo Soleri and architect and workshop participant from Italy, Massimo Di Francesco]

Here is one of Soleri’s papers, written in 1993:

To Re-invent the American Dream.

Paolo Soleri, January 12. 1993.

“I want to call your attention to the catastrophic nature of Home Sweet Home as it is cast by the American Dream — the single family home.
Consider 6 to 10 billion people trying to achieve the American Dream. Consider the asphalt, the concrete, the garages, the basements, the attics, the storerooms, the back porches; consider the back yards and side yards. Consider 4 billion or more automobiles. Would a future space traveler view our society as the “land fill” species in which we were the fill, as the “subdump” society?”

[photo: Paolo Soleri and architect and workshop participant Andrea Speed]

“The agony of our society, the “luckiest in the world,” is just beginning—the sadder because our patrimony of intelligence, knowledge, technology and drive is truly magnificent. Our leaders—economists, financial wizards, politicians, scientists, humanists, philosophers, entrepreneurs, media gurus—are ignoring the basic problem:

Our primary social goal, the American Dream, is inconsistent with the dramatically burgeoning population of Spaceship Earth.
More than three decades spent in researching, experimenting with, and proposing an alternative to the impending catastrophe legitimizes, in my mind, my call to mankind to wake up, to consider where it is we want to be before we begin our journey there. We must redefine the American Dream before we rebuild the infrastructure on which it is based.”

[photo: Paolo Soleri and architect, 3D master Young Soo Kim, on staff in the Arcosanti planning department]

“There is an ethical consideration here, too. Americans cannot much longer protect their power to consume five times their share of Planet Earth’s resources. Unlimited consumerism—greed—ultimately is catastrophe unlimited. We, gravity-laden, thermodynamically disciplined, happiness-hungry, must choose whether we wish to continue to purchase our pleasure with the torment of our children, and future generations.

Your participation in the dialogue about the future of mankind is welcome. If you see room for participation in briefings, programs, debates, or other discussions, please contact us.”

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