See, I hit DROP CITY in the Sixties, paid by the Ford Foundation as part of New Communities Project, Urban Systems Laboratory, MIT.
First thing, America has a nobel history of utopian idealism expressed in communes or new communities: Oneida, the Shakers, Amana OH, Hershey PA and Salt Lake City are all results from such burgeoning. Hippies carried through on THOREAU, and other 18th century idealism, even free love sexuality was around before Hippies...go figure.
Drop City was an exuberance of direct action. The Zomes, stretched domes, were like irridescent interlocking soap bubbles, but multifaceted, as they were built of car tops axed out of the junkers from an adjoining dump. "Reduce, Recycle, Reuse" in action, and before the bumper stickers. "We don't need no stinkin Building Code" made outrageously manifest.
Well, believe it or not, it worked and it was self-policing. People took care of their own, cleaned up after themselves and practiced some kind of constantly evolving ad hoc democracy. This despite a population of migrant fluctuation, youth on the move. Drugs may have been part of the mix, but it was a bigger experiment than that, partly with social dynamics, often with novel interbreeding of old construction techniques with new materials. Try it if you have the energy, it might work.
Well, I sure do enjoy how you have almost juxtaposed the book review with the article...gives us lots about which to think.
I put "New Communities" and "Communes" as two topics into a news search application on my smart phone, and your June 23 book review of DROPPERS: AMERICA'S FIRST HIPPIE COMMUNE, DROP CITY sprang to life on my screen. Surprise!
I was looking for articles from all over the world, and here was one in my own backyard. Okay, I admit I missed reading the book review, because I was reading AGONIZING OVER APARTMENTS in the same issue, and listening to a Community Access Channel 11 rebroadcast of the Planning Commission meeting of June 30, about density bonus multifamily residential zoning.
In Print This Week:
Jul 17, 2014
vol XXV issue 29
My House is Your Hotel
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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