Know Before You Go
We have put new health and safety practices in place to welcome visitors again at Arcosanti.
Cashless Transactions OnlyPlease note that only cashless transactions are being accepted at Arcosanti at this time.
Weekday Tour Free Poster PromotionMondays – Fridays: Take a weekday guided tour of The Urban Laboratory and receive a FREE poster (value $10)! Plus, take our post-tour survey and save 10% in the Arcosanti Gallery.
Tour ScheduleMonday – Tuesday: 9:30 am | 11:00 am
Wednesday – Sunday: 9:30 am | 11:00 am | 1:30 pm | 3:00 pm
In-depth small group Specialty Tours are offered on Saturdays. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Masks RequiredPlease be advised that face masks are required to be worn when visiting Arcosanti. We’re happy to provide one-time-use paper masks to those visitors without their own mask.
Arcosanti Café Open for the SeasonBeginning September 17th, the Café at Arcosanti will be open Thursdays – Sundays from 9am – 2pm. Visitors can enjoy self-service coffee and tea from 9–11 am and made-to-order lunch from 11am – 2pm.
The World’s First Arcology Prototype
Arcology is a set of design principles conceived of by the late theoretical architect, Paolo Soleri. The term is a blending of “architecture” and “ecology” and is the antithesis of urban sprawl. Sensing the growing reliance on cars, the increasing appropriation of natural spaces for housing developments, and the negative impact of both on the human spirit and the planet, Soleri conceived of Arcosanti as a proof of concept of arcology. Begun in 1970 and based on an arcology-minded design theory, Arcosanti, dubbed “The Urban Laboratory,” one of the modern world’s first attempt at creating an urban living experience that is vertical, densely integrated with mixed uses, and environmentally-conscious.
Today, Arcosanti is considered an important and early example of a radical urban plan that enables conservation of land, energy, and natural resources. Over 8,000 sustainability-minded volunteers have contributed to the building of Arcosanti over the past 50 years, gaining valuable experience in construction, passive solar energy concepts, and responsible urban design, simply by contributing to the project and “learning by doing.”
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