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Adaptation to Climatic Conditions: the Architecture of Arcologies*


Arcology architecture with a large, self-contained living space
Swiss Arco 1


Arcology architecture with a large, self-contained living space
Swiss Arco 2


Arcology architecture with a large, self-contained living space
Swiss Arco 3

Arcology architecture with a large, self-contained living space
Swiss Arco 4

Arcology* architecture with a large, self-contained living space that integrates architecture and ecology in a futuristic design. This concept represents the synthesis of advanced technology, sustainable living and environmental aspects in a generous, natural landscape.

Adaptation to Climatic Conditions:

In the Alps, the architecture of arcologies could be specifically adapted to extreme weather conditions and landscape forms, providing a durable and resilient living solution.

These advantages demonstrate that arcology concepts could potentially contribute to effectively addressing the challenges of space and land use in Switzerland, particularly considering ecological and social aspects. Arcology concepts could offer several advantages in densely populated Switzerland, especially in the Alpine regions:


Efficient Space Utilization:

In areas with limited space, such as the Alps, arcologies allow for the efficient use of limited space through their vertical construction. They provide living, working, and recreational spaces in a single, integrated complex.


Preservation of Natural Landscape:

Concentrating living and life spaces in one building complex has less impact on the surrounding nature. This is particularly important in ecologically sensitive areas like the Alps.


Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency:

Arcologies are designed to internally cover the basic needs of their inhabitants, including food production and energy generation. This reduces dependence on external resources and promotes sustainable lifestyles.


Reduction of Traffic:

As most facilities in archologies are within walking distance, the need for cars and associated environmental impacts is reduced. This is especially relevant in densely populated areas like Switzerland.


Promotion of Community and Coexistence:

Archologies can be designed to foster coexistence and community, which can lead to stronger social cohesion.

 

*Arcology: Paolo Soleri's first comprehensive vision of a community is Mesa City, 1960, an example of what he calls an “arcology,” or an architectural project based on the synthesis of architecture + ecology. In Mesa City, Soleri combines the goals of high-density living, a vibrant urban space, respect for natural resources and a commercial sector based upon creativity. This project describes a city with a population of 2 million. The project was never realized.

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