Formed: 1970 Established: 1970
This page last updated:8/18/2011
Cordes Lakes, Arizona,
(Located about 1 hour north of Phoenix on Interstate 17 (on the way to the Grand Canyon))
Arcosanti is an alternative, experimental construction project in central Arizona. It is built based on architect Paolo Soleri's theory of Arcology, which blends architecture and ecology to create a pedestrian city in response to problems created by urban sprawl. Well known for its community, architecture, and setting, Arcosanti is a project of the Cosanti Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation. As a construction site, our goal is to experiment with arcology design as a demonstration project. The main goal of Arcology is to create a complex, three-dimensional, energy efficient, pedestrian development where living, working, social, commercial, industrial, arts, and natural spaces are accessible within a short, walkable distance. The result is a huge savings in natural resources, especially from transportation, heating/cooling, and land use.
Today Arcosanti is an educational organization that has had over 6,000 people of all backgrounds participate in its workshop programs. All of our residents, volunteers, and interns join through our five-week workshops. People of all ages, backgrounds, experience levels, and lifestyles are welcome at Arcosanti; there is no religion or communal lifestyle that must be followed.
After successfully completing a five-week workshop, you have the option to become a resident or volunteer. We offer many areas of interest including construction, planning, bronze foundry, ceramics, facilities maintenance, cafe, landscaping, archives, organic agriculture, and other areas.
Please come visit! We host about 50,000 visitors annually. Guided tours are available several times per day. Our Gallery and Visitor's Center are open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every day (closed on major holidays). Cafe and bakery hours are variable. Overnight accommodations are available by reservation; call 928-632-7135. Please see our website for special events.
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:8/18/2011
(www.arcosanti.org for info)
Visitor Process: Please visit www.arcosanti.org. 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 (call 928-632-7135). If you are really interested in Arcosanti and would like to stay for more than a few days, we recommend that you join our one-week (Seminar Week) workshop. The cost is $485 including a full week of all meals and lodging, while giving you the chance to participate, learn, and get to know the community.
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 Workshop)
By a group of elders or other leaders
(Arcosanti is managed by the Cosanti Foundation)
(The managers of the Cosanti Foundation)
Leadership Core Group:
(Arcosanti Leadership Team, Board of Trustees)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(No income sharing; $40/ week is charged by Foundation as a co-use fee for utilities. Resident volunteers do not pay co-use.)
(40 hour/week: paid or volunteer)
(Must complete 5-Week Workshop; $1350 including food/lodging; financial assistance available.)
(Plain employees: $40/ week is charged by Foundation as a co-use fee for utilities. Volunteers: do not pay co-use.)
Land and Buildings
(Urban laboratory in rural setting)
4060 acres (1643.0 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)
Number of Residences:
(Residential spaces range in amount of space and style)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
(Resdients 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 (on 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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