[Paolo Soleri]


Located 70 miles north of Phoenix in central Arizona, Arcosanti is an experimental town conceived by visionary Italian architect Paolo Soleri. The design was based on Soleri’s philosophy of ‘arcology’, a portmanteau of architecture and ecology that sought to combine the dense efficiency of cities with the sustainability of small-scale environmentalist architecture.


“My proposition is urban implosion rather than explosion,” Soleri wrote in his 1977 work Earth’s Answer. 


Photography: Andrew Moore