This is the second part in a series of reports about the most recent version of 3D renderings of SOLARE THE LEAN LINEAR CITY.
BEYOND GRIDLOCK – Paolo Soleri’s Lean Linear City – by Tomiaki Tamura, Cosanti Foundation, August 2009.
The project SOLARE: Lean Linear City, proposed by Paolo Soleri, is a suggestion that may trigger a positive change in how we develop the human habitat in harmony with the environment.
Here is how Soleri imagines sustainable urban mobility.
SOLARE proposes a continuous urban ribbon of twenty or more stories high, extending for many kilometers.
Two main parallel structures are built of modules measuring 150 meters (500 feet) in length. Each module accommodates about 1500 residents, and spaces for commercial, industrial, institutional, cultural, recreational and health maintenance activities.
SOLARE suggests a possibility of sustainable urban development within its structure and the environment beyond. While carbon neutrality is within its reach through innovations in building efficiency and energy conservation, the most important contribution of SOLARE is perhaps its logistical approach to define and control urban growth for future cities and the expansion of the existing cities.
Here are some issues addressed as examples of “lean alternatives” in SOLARE:
24/7 use of the SOLARE continuum provides an efficient and lively urban environment through mixed-use activities such as living, working, learning and leisure. Although such life will be intense and exciting, at times it could be taxing on individuals. For this reason, SOLARE also features immediate access to open space and nature that may provide an opportunity to decompress one’s stress. Commuting occurs on foot and/or by train. While providing substantial urban activities within its linear structures, SOLARE is meant to ‘connect’ and give the residents access to larger urban nodes (existing cities and new arcologies). These are city centers that have different socio-cultural and economic dynamism that may be lacking in the linear city.
Report continues on 8/10/2009.