I learned about Arcosanti, an experimental town (so-called an urban laboratory) in 2006 when I was working on my diploma. I did love thoughts of Paolo Soleri (Italien architect, founder of Arcosanti) on the urbanism or the life itself. I thought it would be great to visit Arcosanti one day. In 2009, here I am. I spent 10 days here with great people, participating in the workshop.
At first sight, Arcosanti was quite different than what I’d imagined : it seemed to suffer from progressing projects due to difficulties of raising funds. Yes, they have money problem. But soon, I realized that they or Paolo Soleri might choose to be poor and experimental rather than rich and commercial. Anyhow, I do admire Paulo Soleri and Arcosanti people’s beautiful thoughts,minds and courage. I hope that Arcosanti find a better way to balance between being experienced and for-profit. I’ll be back.