Arizona Colony Struggles To Build 'Arcology'

Since 1970, Paolo Soleri's project for a 'lean alternative' to sprawl through high-density anti-consumerism has failed to destroy the America suburb.
June 24, 2004, 9am PDT | Jeffrey Goodman
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Seventy miles north of Phoenix, renegade architect Paolo Soleri has assembled just part of his dream community of 5,000 due to lack of funds. Calling his project an 'arcology,' a combination of architecture and ecology, Soleri hopes to prove that the typical suburban house is not only a poor use of land but "the single most consumptive and segregational habitat that we can conceive." Arcosanti, the town, is urbanism taken to its extreme.

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Published on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 in Smithsonian Magazine
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