Formed: 1970 Established: 1970
This page last updated:8/26/2013
Cordes Lakes, Arizona,
(Located about 1 hour north of Phoenix and 1 hour south of Flagstaff at the junction of Hwy 69 & I-17 (Exit 263))
Well-known for its community, architecture, and setting, Arcosanti is a project of the Cosanti Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation. It is built based on the principles of architect and artist Paolo Soleri's theory of arcology, which blends architecture and ecology to create a pedestrian city that serves as an alternative model to the problematic practice of urban sprawl. The main goal of arcology is to create complex, three-dimensional, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsive-and-responsible pedestrian communities wherein living, working, social, commercial, industrial, arts, and natural spaces are accessible within short, walkable distances. The result is a place that is frugal in its use of natural resources while offering an experientially- and culturally-rich lifestyle for its inhabitants.
Since its founding in 1970, Arcosanti has had over 7,000 people of all backgrounds participate in its workshop programs, which are offered 9 times per year. People of all ages, backgrounds, experience levels, and lifestyles are welcome at Arcosanti; we are nonsecular and non-communal.
After successfully completing a five-week workshop, you have the option to stay on as an Arcosanti resident by contributing 40 hours per week as an employee (when available) or volunteer. We offer many areas of interest including construction, architecture, interior design, bronze foundry, ceramics, facilities maintenance, cafe, landscaping, archives, agriculture, outreach and other areas.
Come visit! We host about 50,000 visitors annually. Our Gallery and Visitor's Center are open daily from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (closed on major holidays). Guided tours are available on the hour from 10 am to 4 pm, excluding noon. Our cafe serves 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, including numerous vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Overnight accommodations are available by reservation. We also host numerous public arts and cultural events throughout the year.
Please visit our website for further information!
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Former/Other Names: Cosanti Foundation
This page last updated:8/26/2013
(www.arcosanti.org for info)
Visitor Process: Whether it is for an hour or a week, anyone can visit. Guided tours are available several times per day and overnight accommodations are available by reservation. If you are really interested in Arcosanti and would like to stay for more than a few days, please consider registering for a 1-, 2- or 5-week workshop, which includes room and board, and gives you the chance to learn, participate and get to know what life inside and arcology is all about! Please visit www.arcosanti.org for further information.
GEN - Global Ecovillage Network
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
Open to new members:
(Must complete Arcosanti 5-Week Workshop)
By a group of elders or other leaders
(Arcosanti is managed by the Board of the Cosanti Foundation)
(The President of the Board of the Cosanti Foundation)
Leadership Core Group:
(The Board of the Cosanti Foundation and the Arcosanti Leadership Team)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(No income sharing; $40/ week is paid by residents as a co-use fee for on-site accommodations, utilities and amenities. Resident volunteers do not pay co-use.)
(40 hour/week, paid or volunteer)
(Must complete 5-Week Workshop; workshop fee includes food/lodging; financial assistance available. See website.)
($40/ week is paid by residents as a co-use fee. Volunteers do not pay co-use.)
Land and Buildings
(Urban aesthetic in rural setting)
4060 acres (1643.0 hectares)
(Built environment occupies less than 1% of land)
Land Owned By:
Another form of Non-profit
(The Cosanti Foundation, Arcosanti's parent organization, own the land.)
Number of Residences:
(Residential spaces vary widely in amount of space and style)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
(Residents choose; some eat at home, some together in Cafe)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(Our Cafe offers both meat and vegetarian/vegan options and is sensitive to food allergies (upon request))
(Everyone differs; beer and wine is available for purchase nightly in Cafe)
(Everyone differs; smoking permitted in designated areas only)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(No, all welcome)
(Open to parents, usually public schooled)
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