Overview: In 1970, the Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, an urban laboratory in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoenix. Construction of the Arcosanti is designed according to the concept of arcology (architecture + ecology), developed by Italian architect Paolo Soleri. In this complex, creative environment, apartments, businesses, technology, studios and open space are all accessible, while privacy is paramount in the overall design. As an urban laboratory, Arcosanti is an educational process as much as a construction/production site. Its five-week workshop program teaches building techniques and arcological philosophy, while continuing the city’s construction with the help of volunteers andpaper writer students who come from around the world to participate in its on-going construction.
Project- The Arcosanti student team consisted of Rebecca Robinson, Grace Quinn and Travis Kim. Working with Dr. Gonzales and project mentor and Arcosanti Site Coordinator, Mary Hoadley, the students worked on two key projects: a seven minute video and an project report designed to introduce and promote Arcosanti among Arizona’s youth. The video attempts to capture the identity and spirit of Arcosanti as a unique expression of the social economy in Arizona’s high desert. Its key purpose is to generate broader awareness of the concepts behind Arcosanti, as well as its events and activities, to hopefully attract new visitors and workshop participants. The report combines the concepts and theories learned throughout the semester with discoveries made through fieldwork on site in order to gain a deeper understanding of the Arcosanti project and issues related to contemporary urban environments that it seeks to confront.
VIDEO: Living and Dreaming at ArcoSanti