The reoccuring myth of sustainable design

Whilst in discussion in the office, the question arose whether designing to sustainable parameters negates the control over design which an architect should have in a project. The premise is, that if all buildings were optimally orientated, naturally ventilated and used renewable energy for heating and cooling, collected rainwater and dispersed it, disposed […]

Non-traditional means of survival


Perhaps the most distinctive, and surreal, characteristic of Arcosanti is its economic engine: windbell production. The inhabitants of the arcology work in the apse-enclosed foundry, pouring bronze over handmade clay and sand molds to create bells. Open to the environment and overlooking the stunning desert landscape, this process is unlike anything I […]