Arcosanti Adventure

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!


DSCN3298 DSCN3303 DSCN3305The 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!

DSCN3315 DSCN3312 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!

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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.

DSCN3325 DSCN3320 DSCN3324Arcosanti 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!

DSCN3329Arcosanti’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.

DSCN3334 DSCN3306 DSCN3316Honestly, 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 ❤


39 thoughts on “Arcosanti Adventure

  1. Sarah

    This truly does sound like a hidden gem. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it seems like a real find. The photos really bring it to life – would love to take a guided tour around.


  2. thesamps

    Arcosanti may be the arcology child of Paolo Soleri but can you say it 5 times fast? Seriously though I would love to go there and your photography is beautiful. Learning how to make bronze stuff sounds really cool and would indeed make for some interesting volunteer work. I am all about learning how to be more sustainable. I would like it there.


  3. Anita Fonte

    Truly is a hidden gem from the pictures you took. It’s like going back in time without technology.Cool place to take the family to learn.


  4. Heather

    I live in Flagstaff and I’ve never heard of this place. I was just talking with a friend of mine yesterday about sustainable communities and how I think we’ll all eventually move to that one day. Thanks for sharing about this. Didn’t even know a place like that existed up here.


  5. Scraps

    I’m always amazed at how communities like this one work. And their method of coloring the concrete is really clever–I’ll have to file that away for some future experimentation!


  6. tyra

    I have never heard of this but I love this concept! These pictures are amazing and I love the artwork and architecture. I am going to have to learn more about this and other places like this.


  7. AlmostSexyMommy

    This sounds so cool! I’m not really a community living kind of person, I like my space, but I think it’s amazing and awesome for people who are comfortable with it.



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