City living often feels like a necessary evil, but what if cities are actually an important instrument for our evolution? This is what Paolo Soleri, Italian architect & founder of the archology movement believed. After observing natural systems he realized it's not cities that are the problem, it's the way we're planning them. So he created a new approach called archology, that merges architecture with ecology resulting in dynamic self-supporting cities.
In 1970 Paolo & a bunch of volunteers began building their first archology prototype, Arcosanti. Situated in the Arizona desert Arcosanti is a self-sufficient living archology model with apartments, communal gardens, an amphitheater, lab, casting workshops & pool. Paolo died in 2013 but the community continues to build Arcosanti and for a small fee you can take a tour, stay a night or even do an internship. And if you can't make it to Arizona you can still have your own little piece of Arcosanti with their famous cast wind bells.