Arcosanti alumnus Alex Barragan [on the right] joined Paolo Soleri in this week’s “School of Thought”, to announce and discuss plans for the upcoming panel discussion, titled “Sustainable Urban Growth in Arizona” and scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2008.
This discussion is part of “The Desert Environment Series”, which was started by Alex in March 2008 . It presents forums to discuss ideas on architecture, urbanism, industrial design, transportation, and the arts as they influence Arizona’s most spectacular desert environment.
This free public discussion will be held at the Burton Barr Central Library from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. to discuss planning for Arizona’s rapid expansion. It will feature fifteen-minute presentations by photographer David Muench, architect Paolo Soleri, ASU Professor John Meunier, and ADOT’s Rakesh Tripathi, followed by a short break and open discussion.
Outdoor and fine art photographer David Muench introduces the framework of the discussion with images of Arizona’s beautiful desertscapes. Paolo Soleri presents his Lean Linear City concept, a model for a dense, pedestrian, urban development that utilizes solar and wind power. The city’s logistical design includes an extensive train system with local pedestrian and bicycle paths, all along an urban park. Food production, waste processing, and water recycling systems are integrated into the city. Architect and ASU Professor John Meunier discusses desert planning along with Sustainable Compact Urbanism. Rakesh Tripathi, ADOT Multimodal Planning Division Director, explores the future of rail in Arizona. Steven J. Gottesman, AIA LEED Architect, will facilitate the discussion and cellist Dennis Yee will entertain participants before the presentations.[Image design: Nadia Begin & text: sa, tt]