This is a great site to take pictures. I recommend it highly, if in the area be sure and stop by. Living close to nature is a great adventure, I am lucky to have experienced it.
Arcosanti is an experimental town in Arizona that aims to explore the concept of arcology, which is a combination of architecture and ecology. Arcosanti was founded in 1970 by Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri, who wanted to create a sustainable and compact urban environment that minimizes the impact on the natural world1
Arcosanti is located in the high desert of Arizona, about 70 miles north of Phoenix. It covers 25 acres of a 4,060-acre land preserve, of which 860 acres are owned by the Cosanti Foundation, a nonprofit organization that operates Arcosanti. The project has been under construction since 1970, with varying pace and funding. The current population of Arcosanti is between 50 and 150 people, mostly students and volunteers. The goal is to eventually house 5,000 people in a complex of buildings that integrate living, working, and cultural spaces23
Some of the features that make Arcosanti unique are its tilt-up concrete panels that are cast in silt from the surrounding area, giving them a distinctive texture and color; its south-facing orientation that maximizes solar gain and natural lighting; its apse-shaped structures that shelter the bronze and ceramic workshops; its barrel vaults that provide shade and ventilation; its ring of apartments and public spaces around an outdoor amphitheater; and its community swimming pool, office complex, café, gift shop, gallery, and guest rooms23
Arcosanti is also known for its production of Cosanti Originals bronze and ceramic wind bells, which are handmade by resident artisans using earth-cast and silt-cast techniques. These wind bells are sold at Arcosanti and online, and they help support the project financially. The wind bells also reflect Soleri’s philosophy of frugality, resourcefulness, ecological accountability, experiential learning, and leaving a limited footprint2
Arcosanti is open to the public year-round, except for some holidays. Visitors can take guided tours, see live demonstrations, shop for wind bells and other items, stay overnight in guest rooms, enjoy hiking trails, attend workshops, and participate in cultural events. Arcosanti also hosts a Spring Speaker Series that features experts and innovators in various fields related to arcology and sustainability2
Arcosanti is a fascinating example of an alternative approach to urban design and living that challenges the conventional models of sprawl, consumption, isolation, and environmental degradation. It is a place where art, architecture, ecology, and community come together to create a vision for the future4
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Architecture by Paolo Soleri, This is my photo from the front of the vaults at Arcosanti in Arizona.
They told Paolo that Olive trees would not grow in this climate, and guess what, they grew fine.