Tours are given at Arcosanti once an hour. The last one leaves at 4, so be sure to get there by 3:30 to sign up. Check out the website for exact times.Our tour guide was not a full-time resident (not, as Jonathan_C would say, a "true believer"), so we got a very well rounded tour, looking at the successes and failures of the project. It starts with...more
From the moment you enter the Arcosanti gallery you will be amazed at the lovely collection of ceramic and bronze bells on display. The sale of these decorative wind chimes is the main source of funding for the entire project. (No wonder construction is behind schedule!) In some ways you could say that Arcosanti is really just a hippie Soleri bell...more
Daily tours of the site begin in the Arcosanti Gallery, every hour on the hour between 10am and 4pm. The basic tour provides a quick but comprehensive introduction to the history and design philosophy of the Arcosanti project, takes you through much of the site, and shows you the proposed designs for future structures. The suggested donation for...more
Arcosanti has its own cafe, where you can get coffee and a snack or even a full meal. The cafe makes all of the food for the resident workers, so it has a varied menu. I didn't eat here, so I can't vouch for it one way or the other. Just letting you know it's here.
Arcosanti runs a series of events during the summer. Most of them involve music of some sort. They are held in the small amphitheater which overlooks the valley (in this picture it was enclosed to keep out the inclement weather). The shows include dinner and are something like $20-25 - pretty reasonable. Check their website for details.
In addition to the bells, Arcosanti sells books. Most of them deal with the more esoteric elements of architecture, landscape architecture and design - meaning they're big, beautiful, and expensive. They also have some good books describing various communal living concepts and manifestos, including, of course, Paolo Soleri's theory of 'Arcology.'...more
Arcosanti's main (okay only) source of income is the bells. And, I must say, they are pretty cool. Most are cast in bronze, and no two are alike. They aren't cheap, but I'd say, for a hand-crafted piece of art that supports a non-profit enterprise, they're pretty reasonable. As part of the tour, you get to see the foundry where the bells are made,...more
Arcosanti sits perched above a very beautiful valley. If you take the tour, you also get permission to hike around in the valley. It was a bit soggy the day I was there, so they weren't encouraging it. But accross the valley affords some great views looking back at the site.
The buildings at Arcosanti are really spectacular. They remind me of the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Phoenix.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Arcosanti is the castle. This guy who used to live there built a small castle for his daughter. Very cool to go see.