Arcosanti – an architecturally unique eco-community in Arizona

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

For more information –

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.

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Laura Burns checks out one of the clay bells the community makes in the outdoor bell making workshop

Laura Burns checks out one of the clay bells the community makes in the outdoor bell making workshop

A staircase and roof combined

A staircase and roof combined

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal accommodations are close to work areas, and inset into the earth to provide perfect living temperatures without external need for heating or cooling

Personal accommodations are close to work areas, and inset into the earth to provide livable temperatures without external need for heating or cooling

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.

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