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Tucson Atheists Monthly Movie Night

  • Sep 23, 2013 · 6:30 PM
  • Sahara Appartments

The September movie will be Blueprint For The Future: The Architeture of Paolo Soleri. Soleri was the designer of Arco Santi, http://www.arcosanti.org/ here in AZ about 65 miles north of Phoenix. From the DVD cover, "Architect Paolo Soleri proposes a new kind of city - the arcology - that uses design principles from nature to enhance human life while minimizing ecological impacts". The DVD consists of a 30min PBS documentary and a series of interviews with Soleri. Total time for both is about 90min.

After the movie, we'll head over to the Epic Cafe (745 N 4th St, at University) to talk about the movie and anything else we feel like.

The Sahara Apartments are on Stone a block and a half south of Speedway, on the west side. There is plenty of parking right there. Note that the theater is through a locked security gate. Someone from our group will be waiting inside the gate to buzz everyone in, but you must be there by 6:30 as that's when the movie will start. I recommend that you arrive a few minutes early!

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  • melissa b.

    Paolo Soleri founder of Arcosanti. Though he was innovative, visually speaking, I'm not a fan of his design(much looks clunky and outdated) but very much enjoyed listening to him and found his thought processes very interesting and thought provoking. Not sure that living in such a hyper dense space would bring us closer (never knew my neighbors when I lived in a condo but people who's nearest neighbor is a mile away are often close)but like the conservation aspect even if it would surely take retooling. Could serve as a springboard for options that conserve water, minimize sewage, and the use of energy in the future. I find him admirable--Would be great if more people were at least working on similar projects to help save the planet from the crush of humanity.

    1 · September 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Soleri's designs (arcologies and bridges/dams) can be very pleasing from a sculptural perspective. But that, of course, was not the point. He saw a need for a radically different approach to the organizing of societies. The need is still there, for the same reasons: humanity is still not planning for the long haul. Everything is opportunistic and small in scale.

      September 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      To continue (I don't have the hang of this meetup site texting) . . . Ages ago, when I was among students drafted into the effort of completing Soleri's 1970 retrospective at the Corcoran Gallery on time, I overheard Gene Davis (famous for his stripe paintings) say he thought Soleri's ideas were somewhat fascistic. It may be that Man will always lack the ability to plan fairly on a large scale; we don't have that sort of intelligence or reliability. Engineering aside, it would take very far-sighted leadership to create a city that would prove optimum for all sectors of society.

      September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do I need to know an apt. number? Other special info?

    September 22, 2013

    • Don L.

      Nope. Just show up at the gate at or before 6:30 PM.

      September 22, 2013

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