Re: Dealing with Diverse Personalities: Cohousing Retreat at Arcosanti
From: Alice Alexander (
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:57:43 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks Fred for posting more info on Arcosanti! The site alone may attract
folks to our Cohousing Retreat <>.

Here's a cool YouTube video with great pictures of Arcosanti

Alice Alexander, Coho/US Executive Director

On Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 8:28 AM, Fred H Olson <fholson [at]> 

> Alice  Alexander quoted:
> >Marty Maskall, who writes:
> >
> >"I have wanted to visit Arcosanti for some time because it's such an
> >exciting urban laboratory.
> >...
> >-- Marty Maskall, future resident of Fair Oaks EcoHousing"
> We stopped by Arcosanti years ago and describing it as an
> "exciting urban laboratory" struck me as inconsistant with my memory.
> So I looked up Arcosanti on Wikipedia...
> Conclusion: Arcosanti is indeed an "urban laboratory" but is located
> in a very rural area (high desert) and to me more resembles an ecovillage
> with 50-150 residents.  Try looking it up in Google Maps satellite view
> and zoom out a ways.
> NOTE: my post about "Fair Oaks estimated schedule" was mistakenly
> sent to the list; I intended to send it to Marty directly.
> Fred
> Some details from Wikipedia:
>  The goal of Arcosanti is to explore the concept of arcology, which
>  combines architecture and ecology. The project has the goals of
>  combining the social interaction and accessibility of an urban
>  environment with sound environmental principles, such as minimal
>  resource use and access to the natural environment.[1] The project has
>  been building an experimental town on 25 acres (10 ha) of a 4,060-acre
>  (1,640 ha) land preserve.
>  Ground was broken in 1970 to begin construction on the site, and has
>  continued at a varying pace through the present. The most recently
>  completed building was finished in 1989.[2] The population has tended
>  to vary between 50 and 150 people, many of them students and
>  volunteers. Ultimately, the goal has been for Arcosanti to house a
>  population of 5,000 people.[3] Thirteen major structures have been
>  built on the site to date, some several stories tall. One master plan,
>  designed in 2001, envisions a massive complex, called "Arcosanti
>  5000", that would dwarf the current buildings.
>  Arcology, a portmanteau of "architecture" and "ecology",[2] is a field
>  of creating architectural design principles for very densely
>  populated, ecologically low-impact human habitats.
>  The concept has been primarily popularized, and the term itself
>  coined, by architect Paolo Soleri.  It also appears in science fiction.
>  For example, Peter Hamilton uses arcologies in his books such as
>  Neutronium Alchemist. Arcologies are often portrayed in science
>  fiction as self-contained or economically self-sufficient.
>  These structures have been largely hypothetical insofar as no
>  arcology, even one envisioned by Soleri himself, has yet been
>  completed, but he posited that a completed arcology would provide
>  space for a variety of residential, commercial, and agricultural
>  facilities while minimizing individual human environmental impact.
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