Life@Arcosanti 10.13.08


It has been very cool here at Arcosanti lately but a warm up is expected.

We just had the last performance of the year at Arcosanti in the Colly Soleri Amphitheatre. Sonya Kumiko Lee – a classical pianist – performed (while I washed dishes in the cafe for some extra cash).

A major pour is planned today to complete the Handicapped Access Ramp or at least much of the concrete part of the project. The project was made possible thanks to a 50k grant from the AZ Dept of Tourism. We plan to pour about six yards using the old ready mix truck and it’ll be a good opportunity for the workshoppers in the Oct workshop to get some more concrete experience.

One of the more interesting aspects of my recent Arcosanti experience has been my part time job as a Arcosanti Tourguide. It has its ups and downs but overall it is worth the effort not just for the extra money but also for the chance to meet so many interesting people.

Today I actually went on David Tollas’ architectural tour of Arcosanti which included a presentation by his wife Nadia Begin. She spoke about the Hyper Building and Solare Linear City in the Cafe. She as a practicing architect and former manager of the planning dept at Arcosanti was involved in the design of both projects. She is currently working to present the Solare Linear City as a potential solution to urban sprawl in the Phoenix-Tucson Corridor).

Doing a search on Google I see that one of the people in one of the tours I gave in Sept (Stefanie Stubbs architect and editor of American Institute of Architects newsletter) recently published something (Is It Time to Go (Back) to Arcosanti?) about her experience at Arcosanti in the AIA blog:

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to satisfy a 30-year-old jones: I finally made the architectural haj to Arcosanti, Paulo Soleri’s urban vision-come-reality in the Arizona desert. The anticipatory road trip and resulting tour, guided by construction worker Jeff Buderer, lived up to decades of anticipation, and—for a brief shining moment or three—I reveled silently in a private fantasy of chucking Washington, D.C., packing up the cats (they’d have lots of new friends there), and becoming an Arcosanti construction worker myself.

Toa Caterina who interned at Arcosanti from June to Sept in construction is currently going to school at Boston Achitectural College. The dean of the school is actually the chair of the Cosanti Foundation which runs Arcosanti – Jeffrey Stein (who recently represented Arcosanti along with Paolo Soleri at the 2008 EcoCities Conference).

Toa is working on a project with Rafaelle Elba who is an architect from Italy and also is an alum of Arcosanti. From 2008/09/30 to 2009/02/10 the project will be partially graded by the number of the entrances of visitors on the web page so she has asked that people in her network go to the site and also spread the word of this project.

When you are on the web page:

  1. First go to “degree database”
  2. Select “2008 edition” and write in “Elba” in “search by author” and then press search.
  3. Finally click the link that says ”VIEW THE PROJECT.”
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