Workshop: Archives

Join the 8000+ People Who Have Helped Build the World’s First Arcology

The principle of learning-by-doing has guided Arcosanti since its inception in 1970. People from all over the world come here to learn in an immersive environment unlike anywhere else. In an Arcosanti Archives workshop, you’ll connect to the majestic High Sonoran Desert of Arizona, the unique architecture, and a culture that lives in both worlds—all while learning new skills and helping create community.

Help Preserve History, Even as it Unfolds

  • Study the wealth of historical knowledge and media developed at Arcosanti.
  • Learn and preserve the lineage of theory and practice of this urban experiment.
  • Clean and maintain historic architectural media.
  • Help disseminate archival information to the public via displays and exhibits.
  • Help document the current activities of the urban lab.

Learn Hands-on
Discover and document past work for posterity, including art, sketches, text documents, construction documents, architectural models, drawings, and photographs. Facilities include an environment-controlled archives unit with digitizing methods, storage areas, and virtual reality simulations. The archives is the largest repository of arcology thought and design, where we help pass the legacy of The Cosanti Foundation to the next generation of archivists.

Build a Community

  • Work on projects together.
  • Respect history and care for its habitat.
  • Live, work and play in the same space.

$1400 for four-week workshop
Includes tuition, 5-day per week lunch, housing, facilities, and field trips.

Upon graduation you join the more than 8,000 alumni who have built the arcology of Arcosanti.

Apply Now

If you have any question or to request more information please email

Summer-Fall Dates

  • June 17 – July 12
  • September 9 – October 4
  • October 14 – November 8
  • November 18 – December 13

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Workshops: In the event that a participant must cancel registration, the workshop fee will be refunded IN FULL up until 2 weeks before the first date of scheduled workshop date(s). Refunds requested less than 2 weeks before the first date of the scheduled workshop will be refunded at 50% or, applied IN FULL to a future workshop held during the same calendar year. Refunds requested on or after the first date of the scheduled workshop are not eligible for a refund.

Public Programs and Performances: Ticket-holders may request a refund up until 1 week before the scheduled performance or program date; EventBrite, our ticketing platform, reserves the right to charge a nominal fee for issuing a refund. Refunds requested less than one week of the scheduled performance or after a performance or program has taken place are not eligible for a refund.

Special Circumstance Cancellations: For single-day workshops and public programs that The Cosanti Foundation is forced to cancel due to low enrollment or ticket sales, extraordinary or unforeseen circumstances, or acts of god, registrants and ticket-holders will be notified via email and receive a refund IN FULL.

Private Events: Refunds for the cancellation of private events are subject to the terms and conditions stated in the individual contractual agreements between the event organizer and The Cosanti Foundation.

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