Arcosanti: grow, don't sprawl

Oropallo, Gabriele (2017) Arcosanti: grow, don't sprawl. Form, 272. pp. 106-110. ISSN 0015-7678

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The mass of Arcosanti seems to emerge from the Sonoran Desert like one of the many rocky formations that mushroom across the plains. A closer look reveals a concrete topography with a concentrated core slowly stretching into the surrounding space. The emergence in 1970 of this architectural organism and its subsequent growth were not informed by a master plan, but the futurewarded world view of its initiator, the architect Paolo Soleri. Arcosanti was to him no utopia, but an exercise in prefigurative politics and post-anthropocentric design. It was a machinery designed to organise place out of space so as to realise the universal future he expected.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arcosanti (Arizona); urban sprawl; utopia, architecture; prefigurative politics; intentional communities
Subjects: 600 Technology > 690 Buildings
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 720 Architecture
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Gabriele Oropallo
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2020 08:51
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2020 08:51


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