Mayer, AZ 86333
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Going Green Commitments
- Since its foundation in 1970, Arcosanti has been a prototype arcology (architecture + ecology) and urban laboratory committed to the principles of leanness and frugality--an alternative to urban sprawl. Through our extensive use of passive solar and other alternative energy technologies, compact mixed-use structures, comprehensive reuse and recycling program, and integrated onsite agricultural program, we seek to limit our ecological and carbon footprints. Through our tour and workshop programs (6 tours daily; 1-, 2- and 5-week workshops held 9 times per year), we are able to show and teach these principles to over 50,000 visitors per year.
Hours of OperationArcosanti is open daily, 9 am to 5 pm.
Hourly tours are offered daily, 10 am to 4 pm, excluding noon.
Arcosanti is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
In 1970, the nonprofit Cosanti Foundation founded by architect Paolo Soleri began building Arcosanti, a prototype arcology (architecture + ecology) and urban laboratory in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoenix.
Arcosanti is currently working on a plan that will allow it to house 5000 people, demonstrating ways to improve urban conditions and lessen our destructive impact on the earth. Its large, compact structures and large-scale solar greenhouses will occupy only 25 acres of a 4060 acre land preserve, keeping the natural countryside in close proximity to urban dwellers.
Arcosanti is an educational center. The 1-, 2- and 5-week workshop program offered nine times per year teaches building techniques and arcological philosophy, while continuing the city's construction, which to date has been achieved entirely by workshop participants. Over 7000 volunteers and students have come from around the world to participate. People of many varied interests and backgrounds are all contributing their valuable time and skills to the project. Many are design students, and some receive university credit for the workshop, but a design or architecture background is not necessary.
Arcosanti also hosts over 50,000 visitors each year. Visitors to Arcosanti can enjoy the gallery and gift shop, cafe, hiking trail, hourly site tours, overnight accommodations and full calendar of musical, cultural and culinary events.