January 31, 2009

Arcology – n. an ideal city contained within a massive vertical structure, allowing maximum conservation of its environment.  

ORIGIN 1969: blend of Architecture and Ecology

So this is another word that I’m including because of its connection to a video game arcologyI used to play as a youth.  An arcology, you may remember, was the pinnacle of development in the game SimCity 2000.  It was always pretty satisfying when you finally reached the point where you could build one in your city.  Even more satisfying if you managed to get to that point without cheating.

SimCity aside, there is a lot of interesting information on the  web about arcologies.  Do check out the wikipedia entry on it.  

Many search results referred to Arcosanti, a modern arcology project in Arizona that is currently under construction.  Check out the link for much more information on the project.  It seems like a very interesting undertaking.




2 Responses to “Arcology”

  1. The term and concept arcology was developed by Italian architect Paolo Soleri. He founded Arcosanti as an educational project (a.k.a. “urban laboratory”) dedicated to testing and demonstrating arcology. Arcology is not “ideal”; Soleri developed the idea not as a solution, but as a hypothesis that needs to be tested. He does not use “utopia” or “ideal” to describe arcology. It a possibility to address the real concerns that we are facing today.

    Many video games have used the word “arcology,” though few actually describe a realistic view of the concept.

  2. Jessica Richman said

    “…a 1982 novel by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. Set in the near future, it involves an arcology, a large inhabited structure, called Todos Santos, which rises above a crime-ridden Los Angeles, California, but has little beyond casual contact with the city. The novel popularized the phrase “think of it as evolution in action,” which occurs elsewhere in Niven’s books. The novel anticipated the building of the Los Angeles Subway.” –

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