Inspired by a meeting of the minds in the early 2000s in and around the time of several key Arcosanti hosted events: The Ecosa Institute Total Immersion in Ecological Design Seminar; and the Paradox III Conference. EdenSpace's formation was intended as a way to contemplate what a Sustainable Habitat is and what is the role of aesthetics, human networks, awareness/consciousness studies and exercises, IT and appropriate technologies, in this process.
EdenSpace now operates at the most basic level as a set of ideas created on this wiki but aspiring to inspire an exploration and discussion to consider the ideal components or elements that would make up a sustainable, healthy and life affirming human habitat. It is anticipated that a fellowship of like minds will emerge from this discussion and that it could be further modified with that group converging.
A major aspect of the mission of EdenSpace is learning from Arcosanti and other similar architectural, community and Appropriate Technology themed projects around the world so that a prototype could be built. The idea is that while building on the concepts of Arcology, it would seek to bring theory and practice together in a Practical Arcology Model of what Soleri terms the Lean Alternative - a training center for sustainable habitat construction and management.
Key Elements/Goals of EdenSpace:
The project mission is to promote more ecologically and socially sustainable solutions to human development as part of a holistic approach.
Eventually once a Critical Mass of success is achieved, The Project will then enable the replication of similar type habitats globally. The intent or rationale for this replication is to facilitate the transition from what Soleri terms Hyper-consumption to something more ecologically and socially sane. In terms of the model itself an important criteria of EdenSpace is the selection of Appropriate Technologies within this Project or any project affiliated with this one is that they be relevant for the particular approach put forward here is, which is inspired by Paolo Soleri's higher density Arcology model.
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