Arcosanti’s Nadia Begin has been putting together a presentation on the Solare Linear City that will be presented to the general public in Phoenix on Dec 6th. Panelists include Paolo Soleri as well as Arizona State University (ASU) Architecture Professor Dr John Meunier. The basic concept is that the Linear City Model that Paolo has developed can be used as a potential solution to linear city sprawl that is now engulfing transportation corridors between our cities. In particular is the prediction that Phoenix and Tucson will merge and become a Megalopolis in the next 30-40 years yielding a population of around 8 million people.
For more about this event see the Life@Arcosanti blog post that includes the Press Release.
A study completed in May 2008 by the The Morrison Institute for Public Policy was recently featured in the Arizona Republic. It is a backdrop for the Dec 8 Solare Linear City Presentation. The report according to the America 2050 Website:
…examines growth challenges in one of the nation’s most rapidly growing regions: the Tucson-Phoenix corridor. Poised to double in population from 5 million to 10 million by 2050, the region will grapple with the environmental challenges of accommodating rapid population growth in a fragile desert environment. Ensuring an adequate drinking water supply and mitigating urban heat island effect without the use of increased vegetation (which requires additional water) are two big challenges. Urban form is another important consideration; detached single family homes are by far the preferred development type in this region, but their proliferation will contribute to sprawled development and make transit options less viable.
The Smart Growth news page offers some insight to the changing winds of development that a project like Solare Linear City could take advantage of IF it is presented and designed in a way that resonates with these trends towards more sustainable urban development.
For example designing a Linear City Arcology themed development around a commuter rail system (Transit Oriented Development) between the Tucson-Phoenix Corridor could be just what is needed to get people to see Arcology as a practical model for building sustainable cities.
- Download the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University Report: Megapolitan: Arizona’s Sun Corridor
- Wikpedia page on Megapolitian that lists similar Megapolitian areas around the country.
- When Phoenix and Tucson Merge (article by Catherine Reagor. The Arizona Republic. Apr. 9, 2006) (PDF)
- The Megalopolis Century
- Dont we look cut together? Grist and Arizona State University team up on newsletter for students (for more see the Press Release)
- High Speed Rail for Tucson & Phoenix?
- I-10 bypass route considered Impact on environment, business raises concerns (Republished in the Tucson Citizen online. Originally published in The Arizona Republic on June 25, 2007, by GLEN CRENO and CATHERINE REAGOR.)
- PHOENIX, AZ + TUCSON, AZ by Julie Curti
- Sierra Club Report — Sprawl: The Dark Side of the American Dream