Several Arcosanti residents were humbly invited to attend the annual 2-day symposium offered at the School of Architecture at Taliesin West. This year was focused around the topic of redefining refuge in terms of shelter. One of our favorite lectures was offered by Mark Wigley, the Dean at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. It posed the striking relationship that all of Wrights work maintained with radio technologies to allow for intercontinental / international communication. A topic that had some similarities to Teilhard de Chardin’s Omega point concept.

We also had the opportunity to tour the desert and various student built structures by one of our own workshop alumnus Coner Denison, who is currently attending graduate school at Taliesin West! The weekend was not only full of enthralling historical precedent, but energizing, and full of inspiring ways we can reinvent what low impact design means in architectural community. We would like to thank Kim Hurtado, a Taliesin professor and the main organizer of the event for her gracious offer in inviting us to attend. We hope to continue the long standing relationship between Taliesin and Arcosanti students.

(Text by Kevin Pappa, photos by Rebecca Weeks)

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