Arcosanti is the prototype for architect Paolo Soleri’s vision of an arcology.
The term ARCOLOGY is the result of the combination of the words ARChitecture and ecOLOGY. Students of all ages and backgrounds have come to participate in workshops where they learn about the theories of Paolo Soleri and gain hands-on experience in a variety of fields such as construction, archives, architecture and planning, facilities maintenance and landscaping. The top three nations represented, besides the United States, are Italy, Canada, and Japan.
Arcosanti is open to the public and has about 50,000 visitors annually. Guided tours are given of the site every day except holidays. Arcosanti follows the motto of “doing more with less”, by using less energy, less pollution, less waste of space and material we are creating a more efficient society. Arcosanti attracts not only those interested in studying architecture, but also people who want to learn about organic farming, solar panels, or simply to see what it would be like to live in an arcology and be free from the stress of an automobile-oriented lifestyle.
If you have a few hours you can enjoy a site tour, a meal in the café and a visit to the gallery selling world renowned Soleri Windbells.The Soleri Windbells are made on site. Bronze bells are made in the metal foundry. Ceramic bells are made in the ceramic studio using clay from Globe, Arizona.
Visiting hours are 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week.
Arcosanti is closed on major holidays(New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)