Arcosanti, AZ
Take exit 263, off of an unassuming stretch of I-17 in central Arizona — go between and beyond the pair of anonymous service stations, to the unpaved and seemingly endless gravel road off in the distance. Take that gravel road. In a mile and a half, you’ll find yourself in the future — or anyway, the future as it was imagined by one man in the late ’60s. This is architect Paolo Soleri’s legacy.

Arcosanti, the unfinished embodiment of Soleri’s utopian “arcology” philosophy, looks a little like a series of set pieces from Tatooine — beautiful retro-futurist concrete apses set against an unforgiving Southwestern landscape. And since his death a year ago today, it’s also become his fitting resting place.

Arcosanti, AZ

Take exit 263, off of an unassuming stretch of I-17 in central Arizona — go between and beyond the pair of anonymous service stations, to the unpaved and seemingly endless gravel road off in the distance. Take that gravel road. In a mile and a half, you’ll find yourself in the future — or anyway, the future as it was imagined by one man in the late ’60s. This is architect Paolo Soleri’s legacy.

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Arcosanti, the unfinished embodiment of Soleri’s utopian “arcology” philosophy, looks a little like a series of set pieces from Tatooine — beautiful retro-futurist concrete apses set against an unforgiving Southwestern landscape. And since his death a year ago today, it’s also become his fitting resting place.


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