"You can't blame a guy for dreamin'..." Arcosanti by Karnubawax

Arcosanti Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 24 photos

Arcosanti is an experiment in the future. WAAAAAY in the future.

Arcosanti is the brainchild of Paolo Soleri, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and native of Italy (obviously). His ambitious idea is to create a city of 5,000 people that will live on only 5% of the resources currently required. The idea is that people will live, work and socialize in this kind of "hive" setting. They will grow their own food, harness their own energy, and not pollute the land in any way. Noone has accused the signore of not aiming high enough!

It's called the 'Arcosanti 5000' project, because eventually 5000 people will live here. The guides like to joke, however, that '5000' stands for the year it will be completed!

Arcosanti is a work in progress, and probably always will be. The project is about 4% finished. They make a small addition every few years or so. I showed my pictures to my roommate, who said the place looks pretty much the same as it did 15 years ago.

Soleri's vision evokes surprisingly stong reactions from some - calling the idea 'Fascist' or 'Communist.' Such people need to get a life. At least Saleri is not shrinking away from the problems of the future, as most of us are only too content to do. If you don't want to live here, then don't. Only about 80 people do.

The tour is definitely worth taking, and you'll see some interesting things - the working cisterns, the novel construction methods, the very nice courtyard and stage. There is also the bells. The cast bells that are for sale help to fund the project, and are actually pretty cool. The cafe is very cozy and the whole place makes a great 2-3 hour break from the Phoenix-Flagstaff run.

Check out Jonathan_C's Arcosanti page, if you haven't already. It is a very well written, very astute observation and critique of the project's vision and reality. Very well done!

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  • Jonathan_C's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2006 at 8:40 PM

    David, Lovely addition to VT's Arcosanti pages and thanks for the hat tip. Your pictures capture much that mine missed. Arcosanti is definitely a very interesting place.

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2006 at 7:29 PM

    Interesting place.


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