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This continues the report from 7/25 and 7/27. Matteo Di Michele, Arcosanti Human Resources coordinator and Italian Project coordinator, accompanied the first shipment of Soleri’s work to Rome. He returned with photos of all three exhibition spaces.

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This continues the report from 7/25 and 7/27. Matteo Di Michele, Arcosanti Human Resources coordinator and Italian Project coordinator, accompanied the first shipment of Soleri’s work to Rome. He returned with photos of all three exhibition spaces.

The Italian National Institute For Writings And Drawings and The Department for Architecture and Contemporary Art of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage, in cooperation with the Cosanti Foundation, The Roman Association of Professional Architects, and several other institutions are organizing an anthological retrospective on the production of architect Paolo Soleri. The event will be hosted in three prestigious venues in Rome from the 8th of October 2005 until the 8th of January 2006. The first section of the exhibition will be hosted by The Palace of the Trevi Fountain (Palazzo Fontana di Trevi).
[Photo & text: Matteo Di Michele, sa]

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The Palace of the Trevi Fountain section will give particular attention to Soleri exceptional free-hand drawings (sketches, views, visions, and figurations), including some of the most popular Soleri’s long scrolls, which will be displayed in an enormous round room located at the second floor of the palace.
[Photo & text: Matteo Di Michele]



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The second section of the exhibition will be hosted by MAXXI, the Department for Architecture and Contemporary Art’s National Museum for the 21st Century. It will illustrate the progressive elaboration of the concept of arcology, from the original conceptual and graphic ideas defined in Soleri’s book, Arcology: The City in the Image of Man, to the later Two Suns Arcology series and the Space for Peace project. A didactic section will also explain the construction techniques used by Soleri at Cosanti and Arcosanti.
[Photo & text: Matteo Di Michele]



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The third section of the exhibition will be hosted by Casa dell’Architettura, the main location of the Roman Association of Professional Architects and the former Roman Aquarium. It will house Soleri’s graphic production and models (several arcologies, bridges, and vertical cities) from the Eighties to present. The nucleus of this part of the exhibition will be the documentation of Arcosanti. Drawings, designs, as well as photographic and multi-media material from initial construction in the Seventies to the most recent Arcosanti 5000 model, will be included. This spacious location will host also several conferences and a special urban planning workshop
[Photo & text: Matteo Di Michele]

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