Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.

Landscaping

photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraItalian Cypress trees at Arcosanti extend straight up into the sky alongside the buildings competing in height.

[Text and photos by ttmr]

photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraThe vertical frames provided by Italian Cypress trees are matched by the horizontal frames defined by the canopy of olive tree branches, These tree combinations are very common in Mediterranean countries where the founder Paolo Soleri came from.


February 27. 2013

The groundskeeping crew is working on some of the metal railings throughout the Arcosanti site. Volunteer Julie Quinn is welding an end-piece on the railing at the south-west staircase of the Colli Soleri Music Center.

[photos by Soleri archives volunteer Chihiro Saito]

Groundskeeping Manager Ron Chandler is teaching the welding process to his crew. Here is a piece curved on the flat side. It had to be cut and welded in many places to fit correctly along the curved concrete wall .

Julie is grinding the welded spots under Ron's supervision.

Here we see the new railing in place on the south-east staircase of the Music Center.


? To continue the report on construction of the new visitors path around the north side of the Crafts III bulding, this sequence is about the small area leading to the Ceramics Apse.
The level of the path has been brought up to the new level of the retaining wall and pavers have been put back into place [viewed from east]. ? To continue the report on construction of the new visitors path around the north side of the Crafts III bulding, this sequence is about the small area leading to the Ceramics Apse.
The level of the path has been brought up to the new level of the retaining wall and pavers have been put back into place [viewed from east].


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The area where the path enters the forecourt of the Ceramics Apse, is prepared for a new concrete slab to be poured. This will make a nice even access for handicapped visitors.


? David Tollas teaches each step from preparation of the form, the mix of concrete, concrete distribution and finishing, to two workshop participants, Lauren Wessler and Maggie Lamb, from the February workshop.
This pour happened some weeks ago. We are trying to catch up on all of the exciting new construction. More to come on 3/23/07.


December 19. 2005

Aloe red absorbs the winter sun and bounces the warmth back to our path.

[Photo & Text: T]

The benches and precast walls frame the landscape gradually waking up from the morning chill.

[Photo & Text: T]


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This continues the report on the project in front of the Ceramics Apse, posted on 5/16. Construction volunteer Mika Kawai, with the help of workshop participants, built a form to raise the level of walkway under and around the three new benches.?

This continues the report on the project in front of the Ceramics Apse, posted on 5/16. Construction volunteer Mika Kawai, with the help of workshop participants, built a form to raise the level of walkway under and around the three new benches. A large crew of volunteers and workshop participants is ready for a concrete pour.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]



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Landscape Department manager Ron Chandler teaches every step of concrete work.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]



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Mika teaches her crew how to screed the concrete and fine finish work.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]



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Here is a view of the area before and after the pour.

Each tour of visitors stops at this location where tour guides explain the silt construction of the Ceramics Apse as well as the production of Ceramic Bells. The new Benches will be a welcome resting place while listening to the tour.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]


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We reported the pour of a concrete wall behind Unit 6 and Unit 7 of the East Crescent complex on 5/02/05. The concrete has set and construction crew members and workshop participants remove the formwork.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]

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We reported the pour of a concrete wall behind Unit 6 and Unit 7 of the East Crescent complex on 5/02/05. The concrete has set and construction crew members and workshop participants remove the formwork.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]



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Construction volunteer Mika Kawai heads this project. The next step is to plant a bed of aloe next to the wall and to install and level a path of pavers between the two bridges.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]


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Construction crew and workshop participants help with the concrete pour of new benches in front of the Ceramics Apse. Concrete is mixed behind the apse....
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]

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Construction crew and workshop participants help with the concrete pour of new benches in front of the Ceramics Apse. Concrete is mixed behind the apse....
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]



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.... and moved in wheel barrows down the grassy slope
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]



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A group effort of many hands makes short work of this project.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]



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The top of the benches will be scrubbed with a hardy brush before the concrete sets, to bring the rough grain of gravel to the surface. The next part of this project will be to raise the level under and directly in front of the benches to the level of the concrete walkways around it.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]


March 14. 2005

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Landscape crew member Krystofer Lanceaux and February workshop participant April Braly shovel sand and gravel into buckets for the concrete mix. [right photo] Construction crew member Joshua Kuensting runs the concrete mixer.
[Photo & text: Yuki Y]

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Landscape crew member Krystofer Lanceaux and February workshop participant April Braly shovel sand and gravel into buckets for the concrete mix. [right photo] Construction crew member Joshua Kuensting runs the concrete mixer.
[Photo & text: Yuki Y]



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Staff members from several departments carefully carry the mixed concrete in wheelbarrows and pour it into the prepared forms.
[Photo & text: Yuki Y]



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Landscape coordinator Ron Chandler [left photo] and other staff members screed the concrete level to the existing pathway.
[Photo & text: Yuki Y]



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Finally, the slowly setting concrete is flushed with water and cleaned with a heavy broom and brush to create a rough surface, to match the existing pathway.
[Photo & text: Yuki Y]


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Landscape crew Krystofer Lanceaux, February workshop participant Masahiro Kawabata and Construction volunteer Mika Kawai dig the ground in preparation for widening of the pathway between the foundry apartment and the west housing. ?

Landscape crew Krystofer Lanceaux, February workshop participant Masahiro Kawabata and Construction volunteer Mika Kawai dig the ground in preparation for widening of the pathway between the foundry apartment and the west housing.
[Photo & text: Yuki Y]



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Masahiro checks to keep the same level between the concrete pathway and the form board. [right photo] Landscape coordinator Ron Chandler cuts a thin piece of form board, that will be bent.
[Photo & text: Yuki Y]



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Mika installs the smooth bent board.
[Photo & text: Yuki Y]



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The concrete path will be wider and more comfortable to walk, and more accessible for wheelchairs.
[Photo & text: Yuki Y]


November 22. 2004

New railings for the East Crescent

The current Metal Shop project is a steel railing for one of two access bridges at the back of the East Crescent. Each steel piece was cut to length in the Metal Shop, according to drafted specifications, and now the railing is welded in place.New railings for the East Crescent

The current Metal Shop project is a steel railing for one of two access bridges at the back of the East Crescent. Each steel piece was cut to length in the Metal Shop, according to drafted specifications, and now the railing is welded in place.
[Photo & Text: Jacob Schwartz]



The railing features a learning curve

The railings around the East Crescent feature a recurrent circular motif. Achieving an accurate replica was one of the challenges for current workshoppers in the metal shop.
[Photo & Text: Jacob Schwartz]



Workshoppers fabricate the railing in place

After a thorough introduction to the use of metalworking tools, November 6th workshop participants Joshua Kuensting and David Hershberger will spend their workshop on metal shop projects.
[Photo & Text: Jacob Schwartz]