Arcosanti (in Arizona, US) is an eco community, an educational facility, a visitor desitination and most importantly a model for sustainable city development. It is based on the unique and inspirational architectural work of Paolo Soleri’s theory of compact city design. In part his work was inspired by a desire to avoid the urban sprawl he saw happening in cities like nearby Phoenix.
I am interested in eco communities, as well as places where people can come to be inspired by examples of sustainable building design. On the 1st of May 2016, I carpooled with friends to Arcosanti in Arizona to see its architecture as well as meet some of its residents. I spoke with Laura Banks who is both resident and staff there. Laura and I chatted about some of the unique qualities of Arcosanti such as its multiple uses of space and passive solar heating/cooling design.
To listen to this programme about Arcosanti please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=272f0a34-a8de-451d-86bf-169126829ff0
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This show was originally broadcast on the 19th May 2016 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.
SHOW HOST Maureen Howard is a Sustainability Educator and was a Sustainable Living Facilitator with the Dunedin City Council from 2007-2015. During the period this show was recorded, she was travelling from Dunedin to Northern Ireland – using low-carbon alternatives, that have included freighter, bus and hitching (and no flying so far). Each week, she hosts a radio show with a resident of Dunedin (via Skype), or with a resident she meets on her travels.