sharing sights and sites of Arizona
A - Arcosanti was the dream of Paolo Soleri, an Italian architect, who had an idea of a compact city design (arcology - architecture and ecology) instead of the urban sprawl. Arcosanti was started to be built back in 1970 with the help of over 7000 volunteers and provides various mixed use buildings and spaces where people live, work, visit, and participate in education and cultural programs.
I found this very interesting when we went touring it. It is located about 35 miles away from Prescott, 60 miles north of Phoenix. As you can see by the signs, tours are offered daily. Also, people can register for seminars that are held there that can last from one week up to five weeks. Some people who come to the seminars stay on as volunteers or in various paid positions.
This currently is what Arcosanti looks like. Originally designed to house 5000 people, it currently can hold up to 100 people who live on site.
There is a cafe there at Arcosanti where they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner to guests, employees, and visitors. It was a buffet style type meal. We decided to try it out and we weren't disappointed.
One of the projects they do at Arcosanti to support it is make bells. Paolo Soleri and his wife made beautiful wind chime bells. The work is carried out at Arcosanti and sold at the gift shop there as well as other guest shops all across the country (and perhaps even the world). This is the foundary where they make some of the bells.
An example of one of the many bells available there.
A multipurpose area that could hold entertainment productions, meetings, weddings, etc. Our tour guide said one of their favorite events is the Italian supper put on yearly where long tables are put up in this area and spaghetti is served in wheelbarrows.
An ampitheater, again used as multipurpose for entertainment, etc.
Dorm rooms where permanent residents live.
This is an olive tree. One of many on the property. Every year after the olives grow, they harvest them and make olive oil.
It was an interesting tour. I think his idea of such a city where people work and play and live all in a small area is fascinating. I can't imagine it ever really catching on. Paolo Soleri passed at the age of 93 back in 2013. There is a board of directors now in charge of making decisions of the future of Arcosanti and finishing the work designed by him.
Definitely worth a visit and I had just a bit of a tug when we first got there to sign up for a seminar or even an extended visit to learn more and to work there for a bit. Our tour guide had been there for about 2 years. There were even families with young children that lived there. (They either home school the children or send them to the schools close by).
So what about you? Could you envision living some place like this?