[photo: Paolo Soleri and Jeff Stein on October 19. 2011]

Cosanti Foundation President, Jeff Stein AIA,

spoke of Arcosanti and arcology at the second TECHONOMY conference, “Revolutions in Progress,” in Tucson this past week.

In what was termed a “Techonomy Lab”, Stein was paired with theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, Distinguished Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, in a public dialogue entitled, “The City Never Sleeps.” They discussed the city, its future growth, and how it serves as the basis for a global economy.

TECHONOMY is an annual forum where CEO’s of international high-tech companies come together with provocative speakers and share ideas about how technology can provide new solutions to global problems. Vehicles, buildings, cities, healthcare, education, political stability: all these – and their relation to new technologies – were explored over the three-day event.

While in Tucson, Stein filmed an interview with Kaplan Educational Systems, one of the conference’s sponsors, on the challenges – financial, social, ecological – facing the new generation of college students.

He also met with industrial designer and Cosanti alum Geoffrey Bruce, whose company Tensile Shade Structures is working on a design for the East Crescent Canopy at Arcosanti.

THANKSGIVING photos will be posted next week.

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