Author:Antonietta Iolanda Lima
Publisher:The Monacelli Press
Dimensions:9.5 x 1.4 x 11.9 inches, 408 pages

Soleri: Architecure As Human Ecology

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Equal parts visionary and architect, Paolo Soleri was born in Turin in 1919. He worked with Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1940s, before going on to develop his own organically expressive architecture. Since 1935 he has been involved all but exclusively with the design of alternative urban planning models. By 1970, he had designed thirty "Arcologies," a term he coined for a series of high-density, fantastically unreal megastructures for up to six million inhabitants. This comprehensive monograph, the first on Soleri to be published in the US, tracks his entire career through a presentation of drawings, sketches, and built work.

Soleri settled in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1956, and has made a life-long commitment to research and experimentation in urban planning by establishing the Cosanti Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation. Cosanti's major project, Arcosanti, is a prototype town just outside Scottsdale for seven thousand; designed by Soleri, Arcosanti has continually expanded since construction began in 1970. Based on Soleri's concept of "Arcology," architecture sympathetic to ecology, Arcosanti embodies Soleri's urban ideals: to maximize the interaction and accessibility associated with an urban environment; to minimize the use of energy, raw materials, and land, thus reducing waste and environmental pollution; and to allow interaction with the surrounding natural environment.

Antonietta Iolanda Lima's authoritative study of Soleri's long career demonstrates the fascinating evolution of this uniquely sensitive and innovative architect.

Paolo Soleri is a recipient of the 2006 National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement.


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