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The Visions of Paolo Soleri: Dimmed, But Still Hanging in There

In 1970, visionary architect Paolo Solieri began envisioned a utopian city in Arizona. The resulting development, Arcosanti, and its architect have struggled for relevancy ever since.

John Faherty of The Arizona Republic analyzes Soleri's career and writes about his visits to Arcosanti:

"Today, Arcosanti is 3 to 4 percent complete. This summer, 82 people call it home.

Nearly everything is made of concrete. Soleri uses the material because it is affordable and durable and formable. But it does give the place a grayness.

There are 14 primary buildings - including some housing units, a foundry, a music center and a drafting-studio complex - and a swimming pool.

On an August afternoon, workers are scattered about. It is quiet, not bustling."

Faherty also quotes architects Michael Graves and Renzo Piano on the long-term relevancy of Soleri's vision.

Full Story: Clinging to a vision

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