A notice from Paolo Soleri’s editor, Lissa McCullough:
Presenting Soleri’s ideas on arcology and Lean Linear City to a delegation of Chinese officials last Saturday was exciting. The all-day conference “Green Development and Innovation,” organized by Dr. John Cobb and hosted by the Center for Process Studies in Claremont, California, was attended by more than a dozen officials and their associates, mostly professors of philosophy, ecology, and technology in the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (group photo at right). These are influential thinkers, policy-makers, and educators for China’s future development, visiting the U.S. for ten days of academic-cultural enrichment.
This stimulating conference on green innovation featured talks on small-scale organic agriculture, retrofitting buildings for energy conservation, and my presentation on Soleri, which related the statistics of rapid Chinese urbanization to the promise of arcology and Lean Linear City for development in China. For visuals I projected a short video and selected graphics from Lean Linear City: Arterial Arcology (Cosanti Press, 2012). The audience was visibly enthusiastic about the Lean Linear concept, which one of the delegates described as “inspiring and creative.” The best part was when the discussion of Lean Linear turned into a buzzing confusion, no longer translatable as people were excitedly talking all at once!