Help us publish the 50th Anniversary edition of Arcology: City in the Image of Man

2019 is a significant year for the Cosanti Foundation. We will kick off the 50th Anniversary of Arcosanti, culminating in several events throughout 2020. An important part of that celebration is publishing a new edition of Arcology: The City in the Image of Man, originally released by MIT Press in 1969. This is the book that started it all!

Arcology: The City in the Image of Man is legendary among scholars, architects, artists, and librarians around the world. It established Soleri as one of the most innovative minds of our time, and inspired over 8,000 volunteers to dedicate their time to building Arcosanti. The concept of Arcology is illustrated with outstanding graphics that place Paolo Soleri alongside such visionary artists as Piranesi, Boullée, and Ledoux.

The most current edition of Arcology, published in 2006, is now out of print and not available for purchase. In 2019, Cosanti Press will publish the 50th Anniversary edition of this seminal work so it can continue to inspire and influence students, scholars, and visitors to Arcosanti for many more years to come.

But we can’t do this without your help! The Cosanti Foundation is a charitable nonprofit, and relies upon the generosity of its supporters to do our work. In order to publish Arcology: The City in the Image of Man, we need your support! Your contribution to this campaign will guarantee that we can continue empowering the world to imagine a more sustainable and connected future for our urban environments.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to be a part of Arcosanti’s history and continued legacy!



  • I visited Arcosanti on a summer 1998 bicycle tour “Sea to Shining Gulf … and Back.” Vividly I remember images from that visit including a chess game left out in the open as though nobody would run off with the pieces until the players returned to finish, the special benches set out just for the sake of taking in the sky’s native planetarium as though the city’s inhabitants would value such time, the outdoor amphitheater with movable shades and watercourses running between rows in the audience. What a treat to have been there and sampled a very different vision for cities and life!

    I’ve never actually held a copy of City in the Image of Man. It’s on my dream list provided I earn enough.

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