Human Nature Dance Theatre Presents River of Stars 2019.10.5

We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies tuned into the cosmos. We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music.

-Albert Einstein

Human Nature Dance Theatre is a collaborative dance performance collective that creates original works of art through an interdisciplinary lens. HNDT explores our relationship with the natural world through performance.

In this specially commissioned performance, we travel from the edge of deep space: Nothingness: to the present moment and all of it’s potential: Where do we go from here? How do we dance into the dark where our deepest knowing resides?

Dinner at 6:00 pm : $20

Performance at 7:30 pm : $20  (for students: $10)

Museum of Walking online exhibition

In July the Cosanti Foundation was contacted by Gian Paolo Chiari from the Museo del Camminare in Venice, Italy. The Museo del Camminare (Museum of Walking), was recently created to study and document daily life in the world’s largest and oldest pedestrian city. 

In addition to dealing with Venice and the broader cultural, political and environmental meanings of walking, the Museum has just inaugurated a specific section (Car-free Life) on urban pedestrianization that includes the cases of London and Brussels and will soon involve Granada (Spain), Fes (Morocco), Oslo (Norway), Paris and others. 

Their invitation read: “On behalf of the free and open association which runs the Museo del Camminare, it will be a great honor and pleasure to host a page dedicated to Arcosanti in the Carfree Life section.”

The archives department at Arcosanti responded and sent images and text. Click on the link below to explore the online exhibition for yourself.

http://www.museodelcamminare.org/progetti/carless_life/arcosanti/arcosanti_en.html 

Tour of Arcosanti inspired South Mountain Freeway Project

On Friday, July 19, 2019, Cosanti Foundation Board Member Steve Ostwinkle,
Cosanti Foundation Director of Development and Planning Scott Riley, Roger
Tomalty and Mary Hoadley toured the 202/South Mountain Freeway due to open
December 20, 2019. Thanks to the efforts of Joe Salazar of the ADOT Aesthetics
Office, the 22 miles from the I-10 at Ahwatukee to the I 10 at 59 th Avenue are
embellished with designs inspired by Wright and Soleri.

Joe Salazar, ADOT

Roger developed the yellow Riverbank designs from an early Soleri ceramics carving and the green Leaf/Portal designs from the Arcosanti Vaults in 2014, which appear on barriers, sound walls, bridge abutments, columns and land form graphics. Victor Sidy, former Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, (who chose to become an architect after a trip to Arcosanti) and Monique de Los Rios, Arcosanti Alumna, representing Maricopa Association of Governments, were also on the design team. The trip was a treat and chance to see the significant progress since our last visit in December 2017.

The Ocatillo Settlement pattern starting at I-10 south features horizontals that carry through the whole 22 miles unifying the experience of travel while the 5 character areas emphasize historical and geographical differences, culminating in the dramatic urban/mountain link at 59 th Avenue. Two epic road cuts through South Mountain, accomplished with great respect for the natural and cultural heritage, and the half mile long Salt River Bridge add to the stunning and spectacular roadway that was bonded first in 1985 and includes 13 interchanges, 11 miles of sound walls, 360,000 cubic yards of concrete, 40 million pounds of rebar, and 990,000 tons of asphalt! This new segment is expected to divert 30% of traffic from central Phoenix, easing congestion and saving travel time while affording beautiful views of the Sonoran desert.

Cosanti Foundation Board Member Steve Oswinkle

Seeing the implementation of design concept work done 5 years ago is incredible. The Public/Private partnership, Connect 202, that is accomplishing the completion of this $1.7 billion project, is remarkable for the cost savings developed by subtle changes to the designs to promote buildability. The 30 year maintenance requirement for the build out has incentivized great craftsmanship and durability.

 

Many thanks to Carmello Aceveda, Joe Salazar, Leroy Brady, Yuri Robles, Travis Legare and Robby Richards of ADOT, Anne DeBoard of Kimley Horne and Victor Sidy from Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the thousands working on the ground for making this trip and the whole project such a success!

Text and Photos by Mary Hoadley

 

Road Survey 2019

Last week Arcosanti hosted the EPS Group for a topographical survey that will help to lay the groundwork for the eventual paving of our entry road.

 

The survey crew spent seven days setting arial targets and developing a digital terrain model that will inform how we go about constructing a roadway for our residents and 40,000+ yearly visitors.

The survey was coordinated by Planning Department head Kevin Pappa. The project was funded by supporters of our Giving Tuesday 2017 campaign. Information gathered last week will be critical in the development a comprehensive plan for how to accomplish our long time goal of paving the the Arcosanti Road!