Visiting Arcosanti: An Urban Laboratory

Visiting Arcosanti: An Urban Laboratory

Arcosanti is an ecological experiment that began construction in central Arizona in the early 1970s. Italian architect Paolo Soleri designed the project as an exploration of a concept he called "arcology," a marriage of architecture and ecology. Using building materials and techniques that minimize impact on the earth, his goal was to create a town that functioned as a healthy environment for inhabitants as well as for the earth.

Today, Arcosanti no longer aims to be used as a full time home for residents, but serves as a teaching center where students and vistors can take tours and classes to learn the principals of arcology.

Arcosanti is an educational and inspirational place to visit. Despite being in the high desert, a light breeze keeps the sound of bells filling the air thanks to the artisan made wind chimes cast by hand on location. Sales of the unique and rustic chimes help fund the maintenance of the site.

(Images: Liana Walker)

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