The concept of an arcology is sound. Create a city within a larger enclosure. The results saves energy and other resources. Given the new wave of materials coming out one could create an arcology with an effective carbon footprint of zero. The troubles with an arcology is that in a free market economy it's a huge risk to basically build an entire city in one go. Other problems will present themselves as the city fills up and unforeseen problems pop up everywhere.
I was thinking about this when it occurred to me. Typical of engineers and architects, they aren't really thinking of the people, of the community. Yes the paradox is that the best way to create an arcology is to create the community before the city.
But how to do that?
Again, an easy answer. Start the community online. Create something like second life but with the goal of eventually becoming a real world extension. Have things like simulators for learning how to use remote control vehicles and robots for construction. Have contests for various problems and their solution. Make the environment as much as the finished arcology and you will attract the people that will best fullfill the needs of the community with happiness.
Agree? Disagree? Discussion?