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Part of the Arcosanti 5-week workshop is a 3-day field trip to the greater Phoenix area. Cosanti is base camp and the group starts with an indepth tour. Guide Roger Tomalty has been part of the Cosanti Foundation since 1970. His tour is filled with interesting details about the history of construction for each building. The Cosanti Gallery was built in 1961. This structure was formed by casting concrete over a sculpted mound of earth. The earth was excavated out from under the dried concrete, thus creating the interior space. The building is situated below ground level with the surrounding earth to act as natural insulation.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]



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The South Apse, built in 1965, was cast in sections over wooden tent poles supported by scaffolding. It now serves at a work area for the ceramics studio.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]



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The student Apse shelters the first generation model of Arcosanti that was built for the 1970 Soleri exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. The apse was built in 1968 as a student project of the 1968 Silt Pile Workshop. The decorative designs on each panel, on the interior wall of the Apse, were executed by different students in the program.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]



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The workshop group visits Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Scottsdale, AZ.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]



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Some of the shelters, built by students at Taliesin, are part of the extended tour.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]



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The 3-day field trip also includes the Phoenix Library, built by Will Bruder, the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, a Frank Lloyd Wright design, and the Soleri sculpture IL DONNONE at the Phoenix Art Museum.
[Photo: Ivan Pintar & Text: sa]

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