Hey guys, gals, and everyone else!
For labor day I took a long awaited adventure to an interesting place. Arcosanti is the arcology child of Paolo Soleri. It’s a sustainable settlement located in northern Arizona. It emphasizes environmental accountability, unique building methods, and a sustainable community. You can go to the Arcosanti website here. Arcosanti also boasts a beautiful background and some of the most unqiue handmade ceramic and bronze bells!
The land around Arcosanti is beautiful high desert. They have green houses and orchards around the grounds. Guests and workers can hike and just enjoy nature. The grounds hosts guided tours hourly and they go over how they man the community, the building processes, and the theory behind arcology!
Arcosanti (and Cosanti-the settlement before this one) creates most of their revenue through making bronze and ceramic bells. Each one is hand made and all the designs are unique. What’s cool is many of the people who come into the community don’t know the trade to begin with, they’re taught it while they volunteer or work there!
The silt casting that makes both types of bells actually gave way to their unique construction methods. Concrete is poured onto giant mounds of silt to make parts of a sphere. These are used to construct the walls and ceilings in the community. The colors you see are actually poured onto the silt! Then as the concrete sets it sucks it up so they can have these beautiful designs.
Arcosanti has all the amenities that you would have in any other community. The amphitheater that you see above is used for a variety of things. They put on plays, and have guest musicians come and perform! The buildings with the kind circle walk ways are actually apartment and dorm style living areas. Everyone has their own bedroom and usually shares a kitchen/common area. They have WiFi, netflix, sports, and a pool!
Arcosanti’s main goal is to teach people that there are different ways to live than we do now. The suburbia as we know it is not something that is not sustainable. A community like this can live in a much smaller area of land than we think! Many people visit, volunteer or work at Arcosanti and it’s really something neat to see.
Honestly, when you’re driving on I-17 you can see Arcosanti from the road and it doesn’t look like much. BUT it is truly a hidden gem. The people are very nice and not at all the creepy hippies you might expect. Pack some water and drive up for a few hours and you won’t be sorry. It actually makes a nice stop on the way to Flagstaff from the Valley!
Do you guys have any hidden gems in your city? Let me know down below!
I heard about this one in my Urban Theory class, and I’m excited to find more place like it!
Stay Sunny ❤