Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Paolo Soleri, visionary architect, dead at 93


Rome, April 10 - Renowned Italian architect and
visionary Paolo Soleri has died at 93 at his home in Arizona.
Born in Turin in 1919, Soleri was best known for Arcosanti,
an experimental village he established in the Arizona desert
devoted to his theory of 'arcology', or architecture in harmony
with ecology.
After studying with Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona in 1946,
he returned and settled there 10 years later where he developed
influential theories on buildings that respect nature and spoke
out against urban sprawl.
In 1970 he founded Arcosanti, a futuristic community
planned for 5,000 people that over the next 40 years received
international acclaim as an urban laboratory.
He will be buried at Arcosanti alongside his wife Colly,
who died 31 years ago.
In 2006 he won a National Design Award and in 2000 he
received a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement from the Venice
Earlier this year production wrapped on a feature-length
documentary on the architect called The Vision of Paolo Soleri:
Prophet in The Desert.

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