Arcosanti celebrated Summer Solstice, the SuperMoon, and what would have been Paolo Soleri’s 94th birthday this past Friday evening, June 21, 2013.

Paolo’s birthday – the first without him here – gave us an opportunity to start a new tradition at Arcosanti. We intend in future to host an annual dinner on June 21 to honor Paolo, celebrate the work he began here, and allow all of us who are alumni and who have become part of that work, to continue to share in it.

[photos by Sue Kirsch; text by Jeff Stein]
For this first time out, with just Arizona alumni invited, we had barbeque in the vaults, socializing with friends we haven’t seen for awhile, and a screening of Aimee Madsen’s film, PAOLO SOLERI: BEYOND FORM.

We had conversations about the work that’s coming up at Arcosanti, and how staff here, with input from alumni and others, are at the beginning of developing a 6-year plan that would bring a couple projects to fruition by 2019, the hundredth anniversary of Paolo Soleri’s birth.

And we spoke of plans for the public celebration of Paolo’s life, this coming September 20, 21, and 22, with events at Cosanti, at Arcosanti, and at the Soleri Bridge and Plaza in Scottsdale.  Save those dates, please, and watch the Arcosanti website as we remember the life and work of Paolo Soleri this fall.

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