On Wednesday evening the Planning Department hosted Julie and Scott Brusaw, the inventors of the worlds first soar energy panels that might in the future be utilized in the construction of “smart” roads. After acquiring a $750,000 grant from the USDOP Solar Roadways raised $2.2 million on indiegogo, setting the record for the most money ever raised on a crowdfunding campaign at that point.

While the technology is still a long way off to create a full road out of these panels, they are currently applicable as parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks. Arcosanti’s planning department is working on a proposal to bring six panels on site as another way of drawing curious visitors to the Urban Laboratory. The eventual goal is expansion into larger projects including the installation of a solar sidewalk somewhere on campus.

Currently Julie and Scott are traveling the country to set up relationships with potential manufacturers and franchisees, and we were honored to be one of their stops on the journey to making their technology the roadway to a more sustainable future!

(photos and text by Tim Bell)

Vivaldi Live, Flamenco in Venice, is celebrating it’s 20th year at Arcosanti!
On Saturday, May 5 Arcosanti will once again host the beloved event in collaboration with the Art Renaissance Initiative.

This event was originally conceived by Michel Sarda as an effort to “bring Vivaldi’s music to Arizona and familiarize the audience with the amazing story of his life and time.” Michael is an Architect DPLG and was part of the Cosanti Foundation Board of Directors for many years.

Tickets are still available and for an additional $20 attendees can join in a very special “Spanish meets Italian” dinner in the Arcosanti cafe. The dinner includes dishes from both cultures including paella and olive tapenade on crostini.

We hope that you’ll join us this weekend in celebrating two decades of this unique fusion of culture, music, dance, theatre, and architecture in the Urban Laboratory.

You can purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vivaldi-live-tickets-44706019909

(text by Tim Bell)

Three musicians joined us April 21 to celebrate the connecting power of music under the beautiful arches of the Arcosanti vaults. World music instrumentalist Scott Schaefer was joined by local guitarist David Merino and percussionist Clay Frankel during this well attended evening performance.

The evening began with a speech by event organizer and Cosanti Foundation Co-President Jeff Stein during which he touched on the gap that exists between matter and spirit.

The goal for the evening from then was to begin the process of “bridging the gap” with the sounds of Indigenous flute, didgeridoo, gypsy guitar, and drums.

After a few songs that could probably best be described as “new age meets gypsy jazz” the trio moved into the “bridging” portion of the evening, playing Schaefer’s album of the same title from beginning to end. The music was accompanied by a painting and a leaflet explaining the journey that the album is meant to convey, from Jata (birth) through Ohga (river), Santara (bridge), Prajna (wisdom) and into Satori (enlightenment).

When the performance ended a number of Arcosanti residents joined the trio on stage for a lively impromptu jam session. We look forward to the possible continuation and evolution of this event as a staple of the Urban Laboratory’s cultural mission.


(text by Tim Bell, photos by Chihiro Saito and Sue Kirsch)

Welcome to the April 15. 2018 workshop participants.

from left:

Paola Avila from Paraguay [workshop and scholarship],

Seth Winslow,

Brenden Quibin [workshop and scholarship],

Jade Kindt.

(photo and text by Sue Kirsch)

Congratulations to the March 11. 2018 workshop participants upon their graduation.

from left:

Scott Raber stays on for his construction internship,

Beth Ann Brown stays on for a few weeks to help in landscaping,

Rob Jackson has become part of the team for workshop coordination,

Aaron Baca stays on as a volunteer in the foundry,

Timothy Bell stays on as a volunteer in construction.

(photo by Chihiro Saito)