As part of the exhibition “Filling the Absense” Arcosanti archives volunteer Seth Winslow undertook the task for creating a 3D virtual reality rendering of the “Stonebow” Arcology. Read more about Seth’s work, and take a video tour of the rendering below.

My name is Seth Winslow and I am part of the archives team at Arcosanti in Arizona, USA. The archives at Arcosanti house a variety of materials, most notably the original works of Paolo Soleri. The archives consist of paper, photography, film footage, sculptures, architectural models and other expressive media. Through my work in the archives, I have been very inspired by Paolo Soleri’s ideas of Arcology which addresses the need of building our human habitat in an ecological context.

I decided to build an arcology based on one of Soleri’s designs in a 3D application called Blender that enables me to use VR technologies to give a new perspective on what an arcology may be like to live in. When the open call for the exhibition FILLING THE ABSENCE was brought to our attention by team member Laura Villa Baroncelli, we decided to explore my version of 3D bridge with VR possibilities. I was appointed as the point person for the project and selected the arcology known as STONEBOW, from the Paolo Soleri book “Arcology – City in the Image of Man”, which was published by M.I.T. Press in 1970.

The absence of detail of this design left me a creative space to explore the potentials of the original drawing with my 3D interpretation. Building the 3D design from the original drawings and a few slides of a model that unfortunately no longer exists, has been quite a challenge. As I interpret the intent of the FILLING THE ABSENCE exhibition, my contribution is an attempt to explore the idea of arcology as a possibility for future urban design, reintroducing the idea of arcology to the public in a more interactive format using new a technological tool that did not exist when Soleri had originally developed the concept.

This is part of an ongoing project at the Arcosanti Archives, to explore the ideas of arcology in 3D with Virtual Reality possibilities.


Serve as an Alliance VISTA at Arcosanti!

Youth Education Program Developer needed to assist in developing consistent and impactful STEM educational opportunities, with a focus on providing access to Arcosanti campuses to young people from underserved communities.

              Responsibilities include:

  • Create a sustainability track for STEM educational programs
  • Develop a campaign to serve
    Title 1 Schools
  • Execute outreach by
    prepping and delivering
    materials digitally, as well as
    visiting partner sites

               Benefits include:

  • $472.22 Bi-weekly Living Stipend
  • Monthly Housing Subsidy of $100
  • Student Loan Deferment/Forbearance
    (if eligible)
  • Education Award of $6,095 or $1,800
    end of service stipend
  • Relocation Assistance (if eligible)


1) Create an application on
2) Search for positions in Arizona
(Program Name: Alliance VISTA)
3) Click Apply at the bottom of the page

Questions? Email VISTA Leader, Juan Chavez



Harmonicist Jia Yi-He of America’s Got Talent brings his musical skills to Arcosanti’s signature annual event: Italian Night. Join us in the Urban Laboratory for great music, serious gaiety, and a wonderful dinner with pasta served in wheelbarrows.

Tour 5:00 pm: Free

Dinner 6:00 pm: $20

Performance 7:30 pm: $20 (Special student rate $10 for each)

We are pleased to announce that Kathryn Joyce and Dan Shilling have joined the board of directors for the Cosanti Foundation!

Kathryn is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Thunderbird School of Global Management at ASU. Her experience spans 25 years in the development profession creating sustainable and transformative resources through thoughtful leadership that has helped shape the mission and vision of non-profit organizations and academic institutions alike.

In her professional roles, Kathryn has navigated dialogues on issues of leadership development, diversity, multiculturalism, and international interests as those topics bridge a greater understanding toward solutions, growing resources, and being future ready.  Having lived in New York, California, Texas, New Mexico, and returning home to Arizona, has provided particular insights into the creative engagement of multiple constituencies. Additionally, she has served on the boards of fine arts performance organizations, private schools, and cultural institutions in order to give back and contribute ideas and resources that help shape the dynamic nature of the places we call home.

Dan earned his PhD from Arizona State University, which recently awarded him the school’s highest alumnus honor. For nearly 20 years he directed the Arizona Humanities Council, an educational foundation that is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. His 2007 book Civic Tourism: The Poetry and Politics of Place extends sustainable tourism into the environmental, social, and political realms.
Since retiring, he has taught sustainability at ASU, co-directed summer institutes on environmental issues for college faculty and co-edited an anthology on indigenous land ethics. Dan has served on nearly 50 boards and commissions. He lives in Phoenix.


It is with great sadness that we write to inform you Randall Schultz passed away late last night. He had recently undergone a stent placement surgery, and it appears that his passing was the result of complications during his recovery.

“The King of the Lab,” as many of us knew him, was an exceptional person, artist, fabricator, friend, and community member. He was the ultimate example of what an Arconaut could and should be, and we have lost an important piece of our history and our soul through his passing. He died in a place that he loved, surrounded by people who loved him, for which we will forever be grateful.

A service for Randall will be held at Arcosanti on Saturday, June 8th. Festivities begin at 5pm, please bring a drink and a dish to share. Guest rooms have been blocked off for the evening; friends of Randall who wish to spend the night can call the Arcosanti Gallery and let them know that you will be attending the memorial service.

With warmth and remembrance,
The Arcosanti Community