The Frugal City



    1. Who died in 2012, is the Italian architect and theorist who has spent the last 30 years building the famed “urban experiment” of Arcosanti in the high mesa in Arizona. His book was The Omega Seed Chronicles (Berkeley Hills, 2000). He spoke with NPQ in Fall, 2000.
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The megacities arising around the planet are like the Internet where many events are taking place simultaneously. The urban scape today is becoming more a space of flows—migrants, trade, capital, information, microbes—than a space of places rooted in an historical identity.

The megaurban condition today encompasses many realities, from the glittering generic city-state of Singapore to the slums climbing up the hillsides around Mexico City or Sao Paulo. In these spaces we work, love and live out the intimate moments of our lives. In these spaces we consume and spew out climate warming gases.

In this section, two of the world's “star architects”—Rem Koolhaas and Frank Gehry—the visionary “arcologist” Paolo Soleri and the Turkish novelist and Nobel laureate, Orhan Pamuk, grasp at chronicling the reality of where we live.