In 1970 Paulo Soleri decided to but his principles of Arcology to work. A term he had coined a few years earlier and which has become common place in sci-fi writings and the green movement. It is the fusion of architecture and ecology and he claimed it would be the model for the city of the future. Mr Soleri passed earlier this year and while his dream city in the desert never reached the scale he envisioned it has been a valuable training ground for aspiring architects and as it is refered today as an urban laboratory. I got a chance to stay there recently and got in a quick flight. Sorry about the shaky footage.