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.