This is the fifth and last installment in this series of reports with the most recent 3D renderings of “SOLARE The Lean Linear City”.
Paolo Soleri’s Lean Linear City
by Tomiaki Tamura, Cosanti Foundation, August 2009.
Although the lifestyle within SOLARE occurs primarily in pedestrian mode, the linear nature of the urban ribbon structure is meant to follow the urban logistical system connecting different cultural interests and economic needs both horizontally and linearly. Mass-transit systems are employed; local shuttles and moving walkways, as well as regional trains occasionally ‘touching down’ at major urban centers (existing cities or new arcologies) where SOLARE intersects.
This urban logistical approach provides a more controlled urban growth strategy as opposed to a seemingly unstoppable urban sprawl driven especially by our automobile dependence.
SOLARE is also high density (20+ stories) enough to justify the multi-level public circulation system including the integration of vertical transport systems such as elevators and escalators.
Public accessibility at multiple levels encourages walking, as well as cycling and the use of other low impact transport mechanisms. Sustainable mobility should address less polluting and healthier lifestyles for citizens.
In conclusion, I would like to reiterate the unique aspect of Solare: Lean Linear City.
It is a complimentary piece to the existing cities in need of urban growth and re-development, as well as an integral part of proposed ‘ecological’ communities forming urban nodes along the way.
We can certainly plan and build ecological cities (arcology?)’ as Soleri has suggested in the past and some countries are already attempting to do so.
We must, however, realize that arcology alone cannot remedy all urban developmental challenges. No matter how robust arcological community may become, we still have to address ‘urban growth’ issues beyond its ‘protective’ ecological envelope.
While the Lean Linear City possesses arcological elements within the system, its main focus is to map out the urban growth pattern in more controlled manner by linearizing the ecological footprint needed to support the activities in urban nodes (larger cities) along its path.
Macro (logistical) urbanization is the key to transcend our daily life in gridlock.
YoungSoo Kim and the Arcosanti planning team are in the process of refining and updating 3D renderings of “SOLARE – The Lean Linear City”. We will continue this report as new renderings become available.