He limns a convincing world just close enough into the future to touch, with arcologies
(insular compounds with their own ecosystem) catering to the wealthy and, by contrast, ghettos of desperate, exploited refugees.
The wealthiest 1 percent live in lush, self-sustaining "arcologies
" (architecture + ecology), while the cities and suburbs of old are riddled with crime and desperation.
Property forms that diverge from dominant manifestations of private ownership of humancentric, individualised houses abound: witness community housing, cohousing, community land trusts, housing cooperatives, ecological design, ecocities, and arcologies
, to name a few.
are designed into the watersheds and ecosystems within a particular bioregion.
This can hardly be seen as a complaint about the particulars of the draftsmanship--some of Ron Herron's collage-drawings of the Walking City (published in Archigram 5), which depict robotic arcologies
wading through New York's East River, are in fact astonishingly detailed architectural renderings.
In addition to the environmental benefits, arcologies
offer a healthier social atmosphere by providing greater opportunities for personal interaction.
Perhaps a thousand evolved Todos Santos arcologies
scattered among Ecotopian agricultural valleys with Rattlesnake Hill parks out of Pacific Edge around them all?
You can build a military base, tunnels, elementary schools - even one of Paolo Soleri's "arcologies
." You can pass ordinances that address the quality of life in various ways.
Case, Neuromancer's cowboy, sees these multinationals, these "arcologies
" and zaibatsus and yakuzas, as having "attained a kind of immortality," as having evolved in their hives of cybernetic memory like "vast single organisms, their DNA coded in silicon."