A lifetime dedicated to understanding and developing urban planning of the future, proactively designing to solve the problems humanity might face one day.
A comprehensive thinker and visionary, Paolo Soleri leaves us with many important legacies. His work has introduced us to balanced designs where nature meets technology, designs that encourage positive and healthy communities, perspectives of a lean design and examples of environmental accountability.
I was lucky to see the models of the 2 bridges below during a visit to Arcosanti 5 years ago. Arcosanti is Paolo Soleri’s experimental town in Arizona, the embodiment and research of his concept of “arcology” – the fusion of architecture with ecology.
Incredibly these bridge designs that are over 50 years old, have the same deconstructive aesthetic language that many of the most important architects are busy developing today.
Paolo Soleri – Tubular Bridges – 1959
“The use and consumption of the income of the earth, and not of its capital, is essential if we want to keep open our options for the future” – Paolo Soleri, 1970