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One of the great classics of XXth century architecture. Initially published in 1973 by the MIT Press. Belongs to every public and college library.
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Paolo Soleri was born in Torino, Italy, in 1921. He moved to Arizona after WW II to study with Frank Lloyd Wright. He started his owsn Cosanti Foundation in the 1950s, and engaged into the monumental Arcosanti project, a prototype city in the northern Arizona desert. His vision, his writings, his worldwide recognition earned him the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2000 - the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for the Arts. Paolo Soleri lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.Review:
"...his philosophical and environmental perceptions offer a sudden, stunning pertinence for today. He does not need the current bandwagon of despair. He has been preaching environment and ecology for a long time. But his ecology deals with both the natural and man-made world, in a very special mutual relationship. By his definition, architecture and ecology are two parts of the same thing, inseparable in their effect on man. He calls it 'arcology.'"
—Ada Louise Huxtable, New York Times
"Essentially, there are three points that set Soleri apart from all other utopian planners groping for the next development in man. His arcologies are new communities, totally unrelated to the old urban centers—not plug-in renewals but revolutionary prototypes for a total break with existing planning patterns or theories.
"Secondly, Soleri postulates the supremacy of esthetics over structure and technology....
"And thirdly, Soleri bases his entire arcology neither on economic, social or industrial considerations but on a philosophical system. It is so all-embracing in its scope that it relates the arcological city units to the entire evolution of organic life, from the proto-biological Urschleim (primordial ooze) to an as yet unresolved Neo-Matter. This extremely ramified Biological Humanism, touching on every aspect of human existence, defies summation...."
—Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, Architectural Forum
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Book Description MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1970. Pictorial Printed Wrappers. Condition: Near Fine. Second Printing. Near Fine, small indent and tiny corner crease front cover, lightly rubbed rear cover. SCARCE in collectible condition. Size: Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" Tall. Seller Inventory # 005719
Book Description Bridgewood Press, EB, 2001. Spiral bound. Condition: Very Good. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Elefant Folio. MIT Press. 1969. Unpaginated. Illustrated with Black and White Plates. First Edition/First Printing. Issued in decorated paper covered illustrated boards. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards lightly rubbed and worn at the extremities. Through his work as architect, urban designer, artist, craftsman and philosopher, Paolo Soleri has been exploring the countless possibilities of human aspiration. The envisioned future taking shape in his mind has been expressed in various media. One outstanding endeavor is Arcosanti, an urban laboratory, constructed in the high Arizona desert. It attempts to demonstrate an alternative human habitat much needed in this increasingly perplexing world. This project also exemplifies his steadfast devotion to creating an experiential space to "prototype" an environment in harmony with man. Through his articulated philosophy "Arcology (Architecture+Ecology) ", Soleri formulates a path that may aid us on our evolutionary journey toward a state of aesthetic, equity and compassion. The half century work of his broad-ranging and coherent intellect (so scarce in the age of specialization) has influenced many in the field in search of a new paradigm for our built environment. Paolo Soleri (21 June 1919 – 9 April 2013) was an Italian architect. He established the educational Cosanti Foundation and Arcosanti. Soleri was a lecturer in the College of Architecture at Arizona State University and a National Design Award recipient in 2006. He died at home of natural causes on 9 April 2013 at the age of 93. EB; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Seller Inventory # 51587