A group of students from the University of Arizona in Tucson visited Arcosanti Friday afternoon, October 29th. The group of 75 was a small group of graduate students and students of the Land Ethics course taught by Alvaro Malo.

Two groups of students toured the archives for an introduction to Paolo Soleri’s work and the Archives’ mission of preservation and historical documentation.

The students examined a hand-bound sketchbook with a cast aluminum cover and a portion of a 90 foot long scroll.

A presentation of Solare, the lean linear arterial city, followed the tours of the Archives. Solare, the continuous urban ribbon, is the latest development  in Paolo Soleri’s proposal to reformulate the urban habitat.

3D graphics by Young Soo Kim have added greatly to visual explanation of the idea. Young Soo is a resident of Arcosanti and a graduate of the University of Arizona.

Paolo Soleri discussed his work with the students after the short video presentation. The students were interested in the possibility of Solare with an urban ribbon between Phoenix and Tucson and Solare’s importance to swiftly developing countries like China and areas threatened with natural disaster.

Previous reports on Solare can be viewed on 4/20/05, 2/6 – 2/8/06, 8/5 – 8/14/09, 11/27 – 12/14/09 and 05/31- 06/04/10.

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