PHOENIX – The State of Arizona Research Library chimes in on notable Arizona architecture with its newest digital collection on the Arizona Memory Project, Arcosanti-Cosanti: Architectural Labs in the Desert.
The Cosanti Foundation provided this collection. The foundation was established in 1965 and is actively engaged in exploring the experiential and educational benefits of integrating architecture and ecology, a philosophy formulated by controversial architect Paolo Soleri.
Soleri was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright’s at both Taliesin West and Taliesin East and is also known for his creation of Soleri Bells.
This collection contains images of the creation and construction of both Arcosanti in Mayer, Arizona and Cosanti, Soleri’s home in Paradise Valley.
Under Development by the Cosanti Foundation since 1970, Arcosanti is the urban laboratory testing the concept of arcology, to reorganize the sprawling urban landscape into dense, integrated, three-dimensional cities to efficiently support the diverse activities that sustain human culture.
"The Cosanti Foundation is thrilled that Cosanti and Arcosanti, as projects of longstanding importance both to the state of Arizona and to the world at large, are being recognized through their presence on the Arizona Memory Project,” Director of Community Engagement Timothy Bell said.
The images come from the Archives at Arcosanti, which house a large collection of paper, photography, film footage, sculptures, architectural models and other expressive media. The collection will be available indefinitely and can be viewed on any digital device at http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/digital/custom/cf.
For questions about this or any digital collection, or for cultural institutions interested in sharing collections on the Arizona Memory Project, contact [email protected].
The Arizona Memory Project provides free online access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.