ArcoBlog

8
Jul

Peri-Urban Agriculture at Arcosanti and Beyond

Hello Arconauts and others involved in the Arcosanti project! I am excited and honored to “be” here. Thanks for sharing your time. My name is Julian Lauzzana. I lived and worked at Arcosanti during 2005-2006 and return whenever I can. I consider Arcosanti one of my favorite places on the planet. Though I could delve into many areas, I will

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19
Jun

ARCOSANTI AND THE WORLD: Housing Policy and Us

ARCOSANTI AND THE WORLD Housing Policy and Us By Jeff Stein News this week from the NEW YORK TIMES. Their Sunday editorial, “Americans need More Neighbors” is a clear way of restating Arcosanti’s central theme, something we’ve been trying to describe by example in the Arizona desert for two generations. That is, there are all sorts of reasons – from

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19
Jun

Welcome Neighbor! To the ARCOSANTI ALUMNI BLOG

Welcome Neighbor!  To the ARCOSANTI ALUMNI BLOG In Which We will be publishing , we hope, what’s on your mind. We have heard from a couple of you already, and we look forward to a broad participation of opinion. Please understand that because you are reading this we consider you an integral part of the Global Arcosanti Community, a group

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5
Sep

Auto-Mobility

“The word itself, automobile… it is a total misnomer, you know, “ said Paolo Soleri. Humans are truly auto-mobile, we can go anywhere, and we can pretty much go there under our own power. But cars can only move around on expensive, specially prepared surfaces – roads – and even then they need a human to drive them, to start and

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24
May

Arcosanti and Performance

In a recent ARCHITECTURE magazine, Aaron Betsky described a series of magnificent new performing arts centers in Europe and in the US, each one built out on the edge of a metropolis. Their location means, of course, that these things pull civic life right out of the city, and also, they are not for poor people, i.e. not for anyone

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1
Oct

Lauridsen, Copley, Arcosanti: The Colly Concert

To honor the legacy of Corolyn Woods Soleri, Paolo Soleri’s late wife, the 34th annual Colly Concert at Arcosanti this year provided an extraordinary evening of choral music by the composer Morten Lauridsen. An audience of 250 filled the East Crescent Amphitheatre to hear combined choirs of 240 voices performing an integrated program of music, poetry, dance, projected imagery, devised

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6
Jul

Desert / Water

This week, Jason Edelstein, a student at Florida International University, sent an inquiry via the web. “Hello Arcosanti,” he starts. “I am curious as to what measures you all are taking to ensure water security for the people who live there. I will be giving a presentation and offering advice for conflict resolution in a resource-driven context and would like

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13
Jan

Grounded

Our time. Now. Early in the 21st Century. Nearly 100 years since the heroic age of powered flight, beyond the Wright brothers, way past Glenn Curtiss, over the mystique of Top Gun jet fighter pilots, to be “grounded” no longer means unable to fly. Instead, in an age in which everyone flies, at a time of peripatetic population movements, here

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3
Dec

Myth and Invention

“To get the most out of life as Our Creator intended it to be, A HOME OF YOUR OWN IS AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY.” This bit of advice comes to us from a 1910 Sears catalog for mail-order houses. Sears didn’t invent the idea of single-family houses of course; the company just added religious fervor to an argument about how to

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4
Dec

Arcosanti, Arizona: Out Here on the Edge

Barry Vacker is associate professor of media and cultural theory at Temple University’s School of Communication and Theatre in Philadelphia. He has also founded the Center for Media and Destiny a think-tank dedicated to mapping those two concerns on Spaceship Earth. Best of all, he is a man who has spent serious time at Arcosanti and has written about this place, most

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