In 1970, Italian-born architect Paolo Soleri broke ground for an experimental city that would become the model of his most-grand visions of a smarter, more-complex urban project. Arcosanti rests 65 miles north of Phoenix in Arizona high grasslands. In practice, Arcosanti strives to fully exemplify the theory of “Arcology”, a term Soleri coined to embody the synthesis of Architecture and Ecology. Furthermore, the site is still yet unfinished, constantly in construction, continuing to evolve to this day.
In October 2018 I lived on-site for five weeks as one of the thousands of past workshoppers who have built the city with their two hands.