Arosanti is a project that is under the Cosanti Foundation led by Soleri. It is a concept of architecture and ecology working together to make a new urban habitat. Arosanti when completed will house 6,000 people by combining an urban structure with a large solar greenhouse. The structure is located on 25 acres in a 4,000 acre preserve.
The history of Paolo Soleri began in Turin, Italy, where he earned his doctor of architecture degree. In 1947, Soleri came to the United States and worked in fellowship with Frank Llyod Wright at Taliesin West in Arizona. Later in 1950, he returned to Italy. Then in 1956, Soleri settled in Scottsdale and made a life-long commitment to research and experimentation in urban planning, establishing the Cosanti Foundation. The Consanti Foundation’s main project is Arcosanti.
Soleri is world-famous for his handcrafted wind bells. At Arcosanti visitors can see how the artisans pour the hot bronze into molds to create such unique bells. Each bell is etched by one of the artisans at the foundry. The same design is never used twice. At the Arcosanti gallery, you will see displays that include sculptures, wind bells, and photographs. You will also learn that Soleri has another spot to see more of his works in Phoenix at Cosanti. If you would like to learn more about Cosanti, you can, by typing in Cosanti into the search box.
Since 1970, Arosanti has had thousands of visitors come to participate in seminars, conferences and workshops. The Colly Soleri Music Center offers a program of performing artists. There is a Café located on the grounds of Arocanti. It is open daily from 12 noon to 3:00 pm. You will also find a bakery that is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Arosanti is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is, however, closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tours are available from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is a $5.00 suggested donation fee per person. You may call 520-632-7135 if you have any questions.
You can get to Arosanti out of Phoenix by taking Interstate 17 north. When you get to the Cordes Junction. exit #262 you will need get off the Interstate and follow the signs. It is on the east side of the Interstate.