Fusion Architecture (FA) Visits Arcosanti

FUSION ARCHITECTURE (FA) is a group of architects & related  young professionals based in Phoenix & with close links to ASU.  They are a design/built group embracing a holistic, process-oriented approach that divides their work along social, communications and product creation, including such diverse things as the creation of recycled furniture, a planning process to envision a sustainable and prosperous Accra and efforts to design improved school facilities in rural Ghana).

Kobina Banning, president & founder of FA, doing a powerpoint about his org's work.

Meeting the team again this year was also a good experience.  I appreciated the progress they have made in their work in getting a good website, plan and their NGO organizational status in place.

Recently they came back to Arcosanti and met with me to discuss their work. Kobina gave a summary presentation of their work where they talked about several of their projects which revolve around education, cultural and sustainable development.

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Amanda Bramble of Ampersand Sustainable Learning Talks about Greenhouse Farming @ Arcosanti

Amanda Bramble is the founder of Ampersand Sustainable Learning a center in New Mexico that promotes sustainable development and approach tech through workshops offered there. She spent time at Arcosanti in the late 90s as the Garden Manager.

We compiled some questions for her and others experiences in the Arcosanti Camp Greenhouse management over the years at Arcosanti. I presented the questions to her in a phone conversation in relation to our request for more information for data about the Greenhouse. The context of this discussion was in relation to our plan to develop a prototype greenhouse to grow food at Arcosanti.

Arcosanti Camp Greenhouse

Below are my notes (and Amanda’s added inputs and comments) from a conversation we had a few weeks ago.

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Robin Eagle Sage on Shifting towards more Sustainable Living

A few weeks ago I went to see Happy Oasis at Happy Oasis whom I had previously met at the Global Summit 2008 in SF (The person and place is of the same name which is sort of unusual.) Happy organizes the Raw Spirit Festival which is an annual event promoting a diet of primarily or only raw foods. The pot luck was a chance to go to the Prescott Dells which is a scenic attraction just east and north of Prescott. Happy has created a small community on the property she owns which includes about 10 people right now and there is also a network of people in the area who also support her efforts.

One of the people I met at the Potluck wasRobin Eagle Sage, who is a Medical Intuitive. In case you were wondering, a medical intuitive looks at energy flows within the body to determine problems that are existing within us. Usually these problems relate to inner pain and suffering as part of our past experiences. So basically it revolves around disease and our reluctance and fear to overcome what is bothering us as human beings. So the pain that we have mentally/emotions overwhelms us and starts to do damage to the body. Thus things like Yoga, massage, Tai Chi and acupuncture help us to heal these internal mental/emotional/spiritual problems that afflict us.

Basically there is a school of thought that links this idea of internal dis-ease with larger health problems that have social and geopolitical implications. Overcoming our unconscious thoughts and frustrations that we have accumulated through life and to be that light that is deep inside of us that wants to come out is for some the real purpose to life. To experience, learn and to be…
Expanding upon this is the reality of the human condition and that our disregard and degradation of the planet is related to collectivization of that personal sickness and fear.

We discussed the Law of Attraction in relation to seeing how our thinking creates our reality. So when we do not care for ourselves we create a setting for perpetuating that thinking and attracting people who think similarly about themselves. On the other hand, when we think positively about ourselves and life in general, we find that we can get what we need out of life and more.

Robin’s book is in a competition to win a book contract and $50,000. It is sponsored by James Twyman and called “The Next Top Author.” If you vote for her she could win. Her book is about sustainability from the inside out as well as health and community. Round 2 voting for her book has begun and the 1st chapter is online here.

Her goal is to win a book contract and also $50,000 to forward her work. She has combined the effort of her book with the development of an eco-community and a establishing an international free-education program.