Welcome to Arcosanti

The World’s First Arcology Prototype

Arcosanti is a project of The Cosanti Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire a reimagined urbanism that builds resilient and equitable communities sustainably integrated with the natural world. At Arcosanti, we pursue this mission through experimentation and application of the principles of arcology, a combination of the words architecture and ecology that offers an alternative to urban sprawl. We are open to the public 7 days a week, and we invite you to explore our website, sign up for our newsletter, and visit us in person to learn more.

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Cosanti Originals Windbells

Cosanti Originals Windbells have been an important source of income for The Cosanti Foundation to support its mission and its stewardship of both Arcosanti and Cosanti. The notion of “craft” and art-making has a rich tradition at Cosanti and Arcosanti. The cast-in-place method used to make the ceramic Windbells was the inspiration for building the innovative silt-cast structures pioneered by Paolo Soleri.

The largest concentration of these provocative structures is at Cosanti, Soleri’s former design studio, in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Today, the handcrafted Ceramic and Bronze Windbells are still being made, one by one, in the same time-honored artistic tradition, by skilled artisans. Renowned worldwide, Cosanti Originals Windbells are a collectible and sought-after “Arizona” treasure.

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Stay at Arcosanti

After a day spent absorbing the ethos of Arcosanti, enjoy a peaceful and restful overnight stay. Our guests get to experience first-hand an immersion into the guiding principals of arcology. Featuring minimalist furnishings and large windows to take in the sweeping views, the “elegant frugality” and unspoiled nature work together to create a contemplative experience.

Arcosanti is a place for serenity and solitude, as well as a unique cultural experience in a semi-urban environment. Take time to explore and take in the unique architecture, natural surroundings, and be captivated by the community spaces as you interact with the interesting people who call Arcosanti home.

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