2 Book Bundle / Arcology: City in the Image of Man and Soleri: Architecture as Human Ecology

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Two Books, Arcology: City in the Image of Man, Soleri: Architecture as Human Ecology – for $100 (reg price = $175, savings of $75)

Arcology: City in the Image of Man
Cosanti Press is pleased to release this 50th-anniversary edition of Arcology: The City in the Image of Man by Paolo Soleri. Re-edited scales for accuracy and reformated for an easier read, this edition opens 180 degrees with concealed wire-o binding and durable laminated softcover. Free shipping to anywhere in the US.

First published in 1969 by the MIT Press, this book has become legendary among scholars, architects, artists, and librarians around the world. It established Paolo Soleri as one of the most innovative minds of our time. The challenging concept of Arcology is illustrated with outstanding graphics that place Paolo Soleri alongside such visionary artists as Piranesi, Boullée, or Ledoux.

Arcology is Paolo Soleri’s concept of cities which embody the fusion of architecture with ecology. In his book, Arcology: The City in Image of Man (1969), Soleri proposes a highly integrated and compact three-dimensional urban form that is the opposite of urban sprawl with its inherently wasteful consumption of land, energy resources and time, and tendency to isolate people from each other and the community. Miniaturization creates the Urban Effect, the complex interaction between diverse entities and individuals, which mark healthy systems both in the natural world and in every successful and culturally significant city in history.

Format: Softcover with durable vinyl lamination,
19″ x 11.75″, 136 pages
Wire-o binding opens 180 degrees on a flat surface
Publisher: Cosanti Press
Publication Date: June 2019
Edition Description: The Fifth Edition
ISBN: 1-883340-15-5
Library of Congress Control Number 2019905655


Soleri: Architecture as Human Ecology

As much a philosopher as he is an architect, Paolo Soleri worked with Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1940s and went on to develop his own extensive architectural and philosophical concepts. Since the 60’s he has been involved almost exclusively with the design of alternative urban planning models. By 1970 he had outlined thirty Arcologies, the combination of architecture and ecology to generate complex, compact, highly active, pedestrian cities.

This comprehensive monograph, the first on Soleri to be published in the United States, follows his entire career through a presentation of drawings, sketches, and built work. Newly translated from the Italian and extensively illustrated, it provides the most complete view of Soleri’s work available.

Since settling in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1956, Soleri has made a life-long commitment to research and experimentation in urban planning, establishing the Cosanti Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation. Cosanti’s major project is Arcosanti, a prototype town intended for 5,000, 60 miles north of Phoenix, designed by Soleri, which has continually grown since construction began in 1970. Arcosanti embodies Soleri’s urban ideals: to maximize the interaction and accessibility associated with an urban environment; to minimize the use of energy, raw materials, and land, thus reducing waste and environmental pollution; and to allow interaction with the surrounding natural environment.

Antonietta Iolanda Lima’s authoritative study of Soleri’s long career demonstrates the fascinating evolution of this uniquely far-reaching and innovative architect.

by Antonietta Iolanda Lima

Format: Hardcover, 9″x12″, 408 pp,300 illustrations, 100 in color
Publisher: Monacelli Press
Edition Description: First Edition (English)
ISBN: 1-58093-103-0