Arcosanti is the a prototype for architect Paolo Soleri’s vision of an arcology. The idea of an arcology is the combination of architecture and ecology, a concept first conceived by Paolo Soleri in the 1950s. Within this urban laboratory students of all ages and backgrounds have come to participate in workshops where they learn about the theories of Paolo Soleri and gain hands-on experience in a variety of fields such as construction, archives, architecture and planning, facilities maintenance, or landscaping.
Over the past forty years people have come from all over the world to participate in this urban experiment. The top three nations represented, besides the United States, are Italy, Canada, and Japan. Since Arcosanti’s inception in 1970, approximately 7,000 volunteers have participated in the construction of the site, some of which have stayed to become residents. Currently about 80 residents live permanently at Arcosanti. The population fluctuates, but continual growth is expected throughout the long term scale of the project.
Arcosanti is open to the public and we receive about 50,000 visitors annually. Guided tours are given of the site every day except holidays. Visitors can learn about the history of the buildings and progress of Arcosanti. Tourists may purchase Soleri’s wind bells, tiles, and publications of Soleri’s work in the Gallery Gift Shop.