Roger Tomalty, part of the Cosanti Foundation since 1970, has been involved at many levels over the past 33 years. He managed the construction of the Ceramics Apse and the Foundry Apse Complex and since Paolo Soleri’s development of the ‘2 Suns Concept’ and ‘Energy Apron Concept’ has done research and planning of the large scale greenhouse. Currently most of Rogers time is spent in education, Elderhostel and tours. This photo was taken in 1970 in the draftingroom/modelshop in the Pumpkin Apse – Barrel Vaults Complex at Cosanti. [Photo: cf & Text: sa]


As part of the seminar week for each workshop, Roger Tomalty discusses the basic concept of integrating intensive food production into the Arcosanti prototype in the form of a 10 acre south facing sloping greenhouse. By incorporating the greenhouse ‘energy apron’ Arcosanti will demonstrate not only a compact urban alternative to suburban sprawl but the complexification and miniturization of agriculture as well. [Photo & Text: sa]


Tomalty stresses the thought and design processes that have gone into the research and development of the greenhouse model and the importance of demonstrating the integration of food, energy and housing, given the environmental stresses the planet now faces. [Photo & Text: sa]

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