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Arcosanti, by Paolo Soleri

In 1970, the Foundation began construction of Arcosanti, a prototype  of an experimental city based in the concept “arcology” (Architecture+Ecology), in order to physically test Soleri’s urban planning concept. Paolo Soleri and his wife Colly established the Cosanti Foundation in 1965 in Paradise Valley, Arizona. The term Cosanti comes from two Italian words “Cosa” and “Anti” and means literally, “before things.” Cosanti, a non-profit educational institution focuses on ideas about urban design.