Mesa City is extensively described in the 1970 MIT publication of “The sketchbooks of Paolo Soleri”, the concept of a hypothetical city of 2,000,000 on a plateau, a Quest for an Environment in Harmony with Man.
This pre-arcology implicitly contains in potential form what was later realized in Soleri’s Arcology designs, described in “Arcology – City in the Image of Man”, also published by MIT.
Soleri Archives at Arcosanti houses a collection of scrolls that explore different parts of the city from living and learning to commercial areas in gorgeous continuous drawings from 5 feet to 180 feet long. One of those scroll drawings is on display here “Mesa City – Higher Learning Center”.
The concept of Macro Cosanti is presented with a collage of three very colorful scroll drawings.
Cosanti Foundation President Jeff Stein reports that 900 people were the most ever at a SM0CA event; at this opening, when he left at 8:45 PM the official count was 1,477 and people were still coming in.