Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Arcology Model and Global Warming

Hello Folks,

I thought I would share with you several recent emails I've written in my quest for getting the message out about how a human rights based arcology could be a way for us to survive global climate change. Making arcology and the lovolution part of the global discussion about what to do has been an ongoing struggle. I continue to have faith that someday these ideas will make their way through the gate keepers of the alternative culture.

This letter is address to the founder of TED

Dear Richard Saul Wurman,

I’m reading a memoir of Scott Davis and your name came up on the manuscript. He met you when he worked at Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti. I, too, lived and worked at Arcosanti. My dissertation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst called for the building a new archetype in architecture, arcology, as a way to solve our global environmental crisis. [online dissertation]

Since that time, I have continued to refine my vision of “sacred arcology,” and to envision a social architecture, or psychic infrastructure, necessary to make arcology a realistic democratic solution. My newest essay “The New Urbanism vs Sacred Arcology” is on how the new urbanism only leads us into the black hole of urban sprawl, while building a revolutionary model—arcology--could lead us on a road of harmony with nature and with each other. My goal is to bring arcology into the global debate on what to do about global climate change.

As I write this email to you, I’m hearing the news reports that one million people in southern California are becoming environmental refugees because of the wild fires. In The Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore says that in the near future we could have as many as 100,000 million refugees. When it comes time to rebuild, shouldn’t humanity try a new pattern of development that works in harmony with nature? Isn’t it time to construct an arcology for one million people?

I have a passionate sense that arcology can transform our world for the better. What I am asking of you is for help in exposing this vision to the public. I am a member of TED, but my role there is limited. How would I go about becoming a teacher of arcology there? For the past year, I’ve been hosting a cable access TV show, Lovolution Village, in which I teach about the virtues of arcology.

Also, I am in the process of making a video documentary on visionaries featuring Richard Register, Elisabet Sahtouris, Jacque Fresco, Thomas Berry, and others. Our theme is building utopia combining the ideas of many people. We are inspired by Barbara Marx Hubbard’s idea on the Wheel of Cocreation. All the various intellectual, social, spiritual, technological, scientific and artistic dimension of life make up the spokes of the wheel. At the wheel’s hub, we have placed an arcology. We are looking for funding and technological support to help us evolve the video further. If you have ideas on where we might look, please let us know.


Libby Hubbard

Aka Doctress Neutopia

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