11 April 2013

RIP: Paolo Soleri (1919-2013)

Visionary architect Paolo Soleri, responsible for Arizona's Cosanti and Arcosanti, has passed away.

 The NY Times obituary says that Soleri "showed a generation of younger architects an alternative to corporate modernism."

The LA Times describes the Italian born architect as still influencing recent projects:

Lately some hugely ambitious developments have echoed Soleri's call for an architecture that huddles densely in the desert, sharing resources, rather than spreading thinly across a vast area. One of them is the $22-billion Masdar City project on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, designed by architect Norman Foster as a hyper-efficient "cleantech cluster."
Daily Dose of Architecture has a touching obituary.

Here are some photos I took of Arcosanti a few years ago.

1 comment:

Ed Flaherty said...

Thank you for the Soleri update and photos, David. His work was inspirational during my LA studies in the late 60s, and after.