Paolo Soleri, visionary architect, dies aged 93
“If you are truly concerned about the problems of pollution, waste, energy depletion, land, water, air and biological conservation, poverty, segregation, intolerance, population containment, fear and disillusionment,” reads the sign at the entrance to Arcosanti, “join us.” Beyond the placard lies the proposed solution to this list of ills: an otherworldly landscape of concrete domes and soaring vaults rising out of the Arizona desert, like a cross between an ancient Mayan ruin complex and the Star Wars cities of Tatooine. This is the experimental eco-town of Arcosanti, the lifetime’s work of the visionary Italian-born architect Paolo Soleri, who has died aged 93.
Paolo Soleri overseeing construction work at Arcosanti, Arizona, 1985. Photograph: Kent Sievers/AP