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Visionary architect Paolo Soleri dies in Arizona at 93 (April 8, 2013)



Visionary architect Paolo Soleri dies in Arizona at 93 (April 8, 2013)

Visionary architect Paolo Soleri, creator of Arizona urban settlements Arcosanti and Cosanti, passed on April 8 in his home in Cosanti due to natural causes. Soleri was renowned all over the world for his continuous research on the interaction between architecture and ecology, which gave rise to the philosophy of “arcology”, seen by many as a modern response to urban and suburban sprawl. “Arcology” found a concrete expression in the site of Arcosanti, defined by Newsweek as “the most important urban experiment of our time”.

Born in Turin in 1919, Soleri graduated in architecture from the city’s Politecnico. In 1947 he arrived in Arizona, where he apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright in Taliesin West. Architect, artist and author, Soleri influenced successive generations of professionals, who came to appreciate and admire the “potential of simplicity”.

For his high professional accomplishments and his deep attachment to his home country, Paolo Soleri was awarded in 2003 with the high distinction of “Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana”. Consul General Perrone paid visit to the sites of Arcosanti and Cosanti during his first official trip to Arizona in 2011, when he met with  the architect himself thanking him for the indelible mark he left not just in Arizona, but in world architectural studies and research.