Whatever happened to the future? It’s still around, of course, mostly in Europe and Japan, but over the years the Fantastic World of Tomorrow’s gotten … cheaper, simpler, and — most tragically of all — the future’s gotten too damned small.
Luckily there are a few visionaries left who aren’t frightened of a future that doesn’t fit in your pocket, a tomorrow with a vast scope, a monstrously dramatic scale, a time of awe-inspiring dimensions: they’ve dared to look over the horizon and visualize a truly big tomorrow.
That’s the introduction to an image-filled post about Paolo Soleri, the “Father of the Arcology”. Ever since I first heard of them I’ve been strangely fascinated with arcologies. Strange, because I wouldn’t want to live in one myself. When I was a kid I thought living in a giant tower that had everything you would ever need seemed like a fun lifestyle but now I want my own private space with plenty of distance between me and the neighbors. However, there are a lot of people who don’t mind – who even enjoy – living crowed together with other people and if all those people lived in arcologies there’d be more room for the rest of us.