In July 1970, led by a visionary Italian-born architect from Phoenix, Paolo Soleri, a group of urban idealists picked up shovels and began constructing a demonstration project to showcase a new way of designing cities. During the next 50 years, more than 8,000 volunteers would join them, most for six weeks at a time, to build the “urban laboratory” that sits atop a 4,000-foot high mesa just north of metropolitan Phoenix.
Run by the Cosanti Foundation, Arcosanti today is home to about 80 people who live and work in this unique experiment of the urban form. Foundation President & CEO Patrick McWhortor will interview several alumni of Arcosanti to talk about the project’s place in Arizona history, the sustainability movement and the effort to shape the international conversation.
The alumni range from architects to ecologists to historians, who share their perspectives about how Arcosanti influenced generations of environmentally conscious thinkers across the world.