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? [image: Birdseye view of the Lean Linear City design]

We continue our report from 6/2/10 with updated renderings of the Lean Linear City.

The text consists of excerpts from "QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN "LINEAR CITY" written by Paolo Soleri, 2005.

"The variations available for the single module (200 meters in length) to “clone” itself are unlimited, given the ingenuity and the resolve of the planners, designers, and populations involved.
Three major points:
[1] Food and habitat are mandatory (necessities), a priority, and a universal imperative.
[2] A continent as populated as China at the edge of hyper-consumerism cannot afford to engulf its farmland in parkways, highways, roads, parking lots, garages, and dumpsites.
These are consequences of the unchecked metastasis of the city into suburbia and exurbia.
[3] A child separated from nature, as even the most opulent exurbia imposes, will be a flawed persona."

? [image: Birdseye view of the Lean Linear City design, space between the city ribbons]

"According to the preliminary data, each “module” of the city, measuring 200 meters in length, accommodates about 2,000 residents and the spaces for productive, commercial, institutional, cultural, recreational, and health activities.
Each module is able to harvest a percentage of its energy needs on the spot, in addition to the staple harvests such as fruits and vegetables.
In SOLARE, auxiliary to the family’s windowsill pot for herbs and tomatoes, are the greenhouse aprons on the southerly elevation and the terraced orchards on the northerly elevation.
The most promising effect of the lean urban ribbon is a network of logistically distributed habitats capable, in time, of cleansing the land by substantially reducing an enormous fossil fuel dependence, thus restoring ecosystems and enriching the life of the countryside now under the threat of endless sprawl (the City of Phoenix Syndrome).
In addition, each module of the Lean Linear City (LLC) could define its proper characteristics: products, facilities, ethnicities, health, technologies, fashion, cuisine, and conviviality aligned sequentially along regional and continental routes."

? [image: The space between the two Lean Linear City ribbons]

"If SOLARE’s modules, with well-lubricated logistics, traverse diverse ethnicities, in a few minutes one could arrive at different urban, civic, and cultural experiences, analogous to organisms whose blood carries vital load to heart, brain, lungs, liver, eros organs, etc.
Such an astonishing line up of provinces is only conceivable with a highly efficient and swift logistical support.
Once the provinces are splintered from common logistics, what remains are civic asphyxiation, societal paralysis, starvation, and death."

? [image: The space between the two Lean Linear City ribbons]

"In SOLARE, five minutes on the train plus a five-minute walk takes you where you choose or need to be (daily cycles).
In five minutes on the train you could traverse ten “mini provinces” (modules), each with its own distinct flavor, akin to New York’s ethnic neighborhoods.
The modular characteristics could not be mandated; rather they would have to come about as SOLARE started to click as a lean, continuous human habitat.
Even though a single module of SOLARE (2,000 residents) is a relatively modest urban enterprise, a fully developed lean urban ribbon (tens or hundreds of kilometers), in addition to its planning, would be able to employ a very, very large, skilled, and varied labor pool for many years."

This completes this sequence of reports about the Lean Linear City.

Previous reports on the LEAN LINEAR CITY can be viewed on 4/20/05, 2/6 – 2/8/06, 8/5 – 8/14/09, 11/27 – 12/14/09.

The complete text is available in QUADERNO 9 - SOLARE The Lean Linear City.
The Quaderno is available in the Visitors Center - Galleries at Cosanti and Arcosanti, as well as on our web-site on-line store.