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The Ecosa Institute was founded in 1996 by Arcosanti alumnus Tony Brown. His dedication to issues of sustainability and ecological design developed after joining Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti Foundation where he worked for thirteen years on conceptual designs for a new vision of urban settlements. He worked with Soleri as architect in residence supervising both design and construction.?

The Ecosa Institute was founded in 1996 by Arcosanti alumnus Tony Brown. His dedication to issues of sustainability and ecological design developed after joining Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti Foundation where he worked for thirteen years on conceptual designs for a new vision of urban settlements. He worked with Soleri as architect in residence supervising both design and construction. Tony Brown: ‘It became clear that only a design education that is comprehensive, interactive, and innovative can bring any understanding of a subject as complex as ecological design’.
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Ecosa Spring Semester 2004 focuses on Sustainable Design. The class visits Arcosanti for 2 days of lectures and hands-on activities.
[Photo: Mirelle Packer & Text: sa]



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Paolo Soleri’s method of construction with silt is widely used at Cosanti and Arcosanti. The silt workshop provides instruction in the use of this versatile material.
[Photo: Mirelle Packer & Text: sa]



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The Ecosa group had a tour of the Arcosanti planning department and visited Soleri archives. Arcosanti chief of Design, Tomiaki Tamura, gave a presentation on the sustainable design aspects of the Arcosanti project and Paolo Soleri’s design philosophy. For hands-on experience the group helped with plaster application in the East Crescent complex and worked on a project in agriculture.
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Paolo Soleri met with the students for an hour of Q&A. The group also participated in the weekly ‘School of Thought’. For more information on the Ecosa program contact their web-site at www.ecosainstitute.org. To schedule a special tour or workshop at Arcosanti contact Kelli Huth in our Public Relations department.
[Photo & Text: sa]

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