Everyone loves a road trip and the Fall is a perfect time to jump in the car for a day trip to Cordes Junction, a 45 minute ride due north of Scottsdale. Road trip destination: Arcosanti, an experimental community and urban laboratory designed by the late visionary, Paolo Soleri. Here residents work in planning, design, construction, agriculture, carpentry, metal work, teaching, hospitality and communications, while producing the infamous Soleri Windbells, which is the major source of funding for the Arcosanti project.
Soleri coined the term “arcology” for his theory of compact city design. Arcology involves “a blend of architecture and ecology, resulting in community living that brings people together in relationship with their local resources, physical spaces, and the many systems that come together to make a community viable ecologically and environmentally.”
Self and Resident Guided Tours
You can take self-guided or resident-guided tours — although a resident-guided tour by one of the docents that live in the community will offer more glimpses behind the scenes than the self-guided tour.
Five Week Intensives
Five week intensive workshops are a hands-on program where the participant helps in the building of this sustainable city, an alternative to urban sprawl. Part of the workshop includes trips to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West and Cosanti, where the individual gets an inside look at where Paulo Soleri originally started his drafting and crafts studio while experimenting with his unique construction of earthcasting.
Here are 2 special upcoming events that are happening this Fall at Arcosanti:
October 28, 2014 – OneBeat Artist Residency and Tour
An intimate performance by 25 musicians from 17 countries who will explore “human beings’ relationship with natural forces, and … how humanity has changed the ecology and landscape.”
November 15, 2014 – Connecting Beethoven, Buildings, and BMW Motorcycles
Find out how each of these connect people to each other, to their surroundings and to the cosmos. This event includes dinner and a concert.
Arcosanti hosts 50,000 tourists a year and includes grounds, laboratories, guest quarters, a gallery, cafe, and not-to-be-missed bakery.
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