"The Arcosanti Workshop program appeals for a frugal commitment, so as to induce a more equitable and
sustainable development of the human experience." —Paolo Soleri
Buying green has become pop culture, sustainability is a buzzword and there is much talk of green building, sustainable cities and sustainable urban architecture. Do you wonder if all that is just a different kind of consumerism? Are you interested in what deeper changes can be made to develop a truly sustainable urban environment? What future are you working towards? Arcosanti welcomes workshop participants from around the globe with a wide range of interests, disciplines, ages, backgrounds and skill levels.
During the five week workshop, you will engage in a hands-on intensive program to help build Arcosanti, a sustainable city and an alternative to urban sprawl.
The first week is 'Seminar Week', where you will receive lectures about the different departments on site such as Planning, Construction, Archives, Facilities Maintenance, and Groundskeeping, as well as the History and Geography of the surrounding region. During the following four weeks you will work within a specific department, usually construction, aiding in whatever is the next priority on site. As part of the five week and two week workshop you will attend field trips to sites in the Phoenix area, such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West and Cosanti, where Paolo Soleri originally started his drafting and crafts studios, exploring his urban ideals and resourcefully experimenting with his unique construction techniques such as earthcasting.
Previous construction or architectural knowledge is not a prerequisite for participation in our program. However, individuals must be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult to attend the program.
2014 Workshop Dates and Fees:
FEBRUARY 2 • MARCH 9 • APRIL 13 • MAY 18 • JUNE 22
JULY 27 • AUGUST 31 • OCTOBER 5 • NOVEMBER 9
Participants may choose to attend:
- Five-week Workshop* ( $1,550** )
- Two-week Workshop ( Week 1 + Week 2: $875** )
- One-week Seminar ( Week 1 only: $550** )
How to Apply
The first step of the application process is to register online. When we have received and processed your application, you will receive a notification by e-mail. If you wish the notification to be mailed to you, please indicate this in the Interest section. To complete the registration process for the workshop seminar, we require a $50 non-refundable registration deposit. This payment can be made with a credit card online or by calling the Arcosanti gallery at 928-632-6217. You may also send a check or money order to:Arcosanti Workshop Coordinator
HC 74, Box 4136, Mayer, AZ 86333, USA online, or be prepared to pay upon arrival at Arcosanti. Payment can be made in cash, check, money order, traveler’s checks or credit card.
Please visit our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section or contact the Workshop Coordinator at 928.632.6233 or
workshop [at] arcosanti [dot] org with any questions you might have.