Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.

Planning

February 03. 2016

The Arcosanti Planning and Drafting department has the unique opportunity of living and working in the space that we are designing.  As we work on development of the Arcosanti environment and more theoretical urban complexes, we try to reflect our design principles such as mixed use space allocation, households with shared facilities, frugality of space, and passive solar designs.

Present Planning Department crew, from left:

Cecilia Cavallo,

Flavio Borrelli, planning manager

Planning manager Flavio Borrelli:

"The Planning Department is a crucial tool at the service of the Cosanti Foundation in order to develop Arcosanti and move forward with the urban research and our architectural commitment.
It is a creative and dynamic place where we develop and share ideas about architecture and city planning.
It takes up a whole wing of the office and is provided with five workstations, proper daylight comes from the openings, beautiful views out of the windows and a creative atmosphere embrace the space everyday.

Because of the multidisciplinary nature of our work, the Planning Department assumes the form of an experimental laboratory taking care of the ever changing Arcosanti demands: it has to give answers for the daily present and come up with fresh ideas that look to the near future. Our body of work ranges from architecture project management and renovation projects of existing buildings, to the development of ideas and design competitions, to the understanding and planning of Arcosanti’s future advancement.



Working for the Planning Department means to have an incredible opportunity to share ideas, interests, and enthusiasm, mandatory in order to take part of our team. You can start the adventure by applying for the next Internship program with the possibility to join the team of architects and builders that since the 70’s are working passionately on the implementation of this incredible urban dream."

Internships: The program includes preparation of construction documents, field inspection and survey, and drawings for future projects.  We also plan and design restoration projects on site and research alternative materials and construction systems.  If you are able to commit 3 months and are qualified, an internship may be for you.  Requirements include; architectural drafting and design experience and proficiency with AutoCAD, 3dsMAX, REVIT (or similar). See internship programs.

[photo by Sue Kirsch]


Congratulation to Lily Ericson on completion of her planning internship. Here is Lily with planning manager Travis Shappell.

[photo by Sue Kirsch]


photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraThe Planning department has finished the year with an office full of young and enthusiastic women from 4 different countries; interns Eleanor McIntyre from England since October, Mandy Shen from China since September, Samantha Rose from USA since June, and Planning Coordinator Nadia Begin from Canada.

[Photos by TT and text by Nadia Begin]

photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraThe interns' work in the Planning department has been to assist in planning and construction of the greenhouse(Energy Apron) project, exploring several alternative designs for the remainder of East Crescent Complex, researching rainwater collection system, working on the Bakery renovation designs, and developing site utility plans that include an overall site utility layout and chase/tunnel designs.


November 16. 2009

? It has been a busy few months and we have some great news! We purchased a green house kit from a company called Clear Span, a manufacturer of fabric structures and greenhouses out of Iowa. It arrived at Arcosanti on 11/02/09.


? This 20' wide x 48' long greenhouse, more specifically called a "High Tunnel," is an unheated, plastic-covered structure that provides an intermediate level of environmental protection and control compared to open field conditions and heated greenhouses.


? We have been putting together a presentation of greenhouse systems research to educate ourselves, the crew and the Workshop participants.


? We are excited to begin the process of growing food and experiencing the life of a greenhouse closer to the "center of town". We plan to use this greenhouse as a prototype for heat collection as it will be connected to the existing and in construction portion of the Heat Duct Tunnel and we will use rainwater collected from the building above for watering the crops. As a prototype, this greenhouse will help us perfect the design for the energy apron.


August 17. 2009

? The renderings of "Solare - The Lean Linear City" and "Arcosanti: Critical Mass," presented over the past few weeks,
were produced by the Cosanti Foundation planning department.
The primary design team included Tomiaki Tamura, Scott Riley, Young Soo Kim, Alfonso Elia, and Valentina Lucherini, with help from others.
This effort was made possible in part with the addition of two new, more powerful computers, custom built for us by The CAD Store of Peoria, AZ.
[photo from front to back]: Planning interns Felly Tesei Limpangui, Erica Bazzini and Vittorio Leone.
Valentina Lucherini and Young Soo Kim.


? The renderings were first presented at Paolo Soleri's 90th birthday celebration, to an audience mostly comprised of alumni.
The next day Arcosanti supporter Joan Baron assisted in collecting over $2000 in donations from alumni and others for a new computer. Many thanks to Joan and the donors for their support!

[photo from front to back]: Young Soo Kim, Valentina Lucherini, Erica Bazzini and Felly Tesei Limpangui.


? The most recent computer is now in use at the workstation of Valentina Lucherini.
Also custom built by The CAD Store, this computer includes an Intel i7 Quad Core processor and an Nvidea Quadro FX 3700 Graphics card.
When Vale's computer is "thinking" we can toast bread with the heat!
Work continues on both the Arcosanti and Solare projects, including program and population studies and new renderings.
[photo: Valentina Lucherini]

Many Thanks for your generous donation to the following alumni:
MOPPY BARR
MONIQUE DE LOS RIOS-URBAN
GEOFFREY BRUCE
KAREN CARTWRIGHT
PRESTON CLOCKSIN
BRUCE JOSEPH
L. MICHAEL KALOUSEK
RALPH H. KRATZ
TRACY MCQUADE
BILL PAUL
LAURA POWERS
TOM PRICE
ELLEN RYAN
MARIETTA STRANO
ANNE TONKS
GEORGE KOSMIDES
RUTHCLAIRE WEINTRAUB
JAK KEYSER
JOSEPH MATCHEY
JOAN BARON
ANTHONY FLOYD
CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON
SUMNER ANDREWS
ALEX BARRAGAN
DAVID BELSKIS
CHRISTINA BODNAR-ANDERSON
DAVID CLEVELAND
ABBY GELLES KNOTT
DONNA HOPSON
MICHAEL JOHNSTON
SAM KORNHAUSER
JUANITA MERSEREAU
IRA MURFIN
PETER VAN ERP
JEFFREY ZUCKER
NADIA BEGIN
BERGEN CARLSON-PRICE
LITA BYERLY
MICHAEL GOSNEY
RICHARD JOHNSON
CHRISTIAN STRAIGHT
TOM SUNDERLAND


? This continues 5/27/09 report on the second series of 3D renderings of the plans for CRITICAL MASS at Arcosanti. [first series was published 4/3 and 4/6/09]
? This continues 5/27/09 report on the second series of 3D renderings of the plans for CRITICAL MASS at Arcosanti. [first series was published 4/3 and 4/6/09]

TEILHARD DE CHARDIN CLOISTER. The Teilhard de Chardin Cloister is a conference and housing facility located immediately south of the East Crescent. Twelve small housing units will be built along the top of the cloister, with an open air theater below. The rendering shows the theater view. Profiles of the people in the rendering represent current Arcosanti residents and some alumni. Photos were taken and photo montaged by Alfonso Elia and Youngsoo Kim.


? ARCOMEDIA. Two large basilicas with concave and convex shape on the west and east side of the Teilhard de Chardin cloister are called Arcomedia. Galleries and the new Soleri Archive will be located in Arcomedia. The interior space with the natural light is represented in the rendering.
CRITICAL MASS is the first 'major phase' of development of Arcosanti. It is planned to be a town of 500 to 600 people who will live and work, study, and/or visit. This will be the staging ground for the subsequent larger development of Paolo Soleri's most recent design for Arcosanti, Arcosanti 5000.
The next report within this series will continue with the third phase of these renderings, which will include realistic photo montages.
3D models and renderings for this report were produced by the planning department design team, Alfonso Elia, Youngsoo Kim and Graphics Intern Stephano Massa.


? The Arcosasnti 3D Model project (A3DM) is in its development process by the planning department. The following renderings represent the second phase of the project: renderings based on human eye perspective.
The previous daily progress report [see April 3. and 6. 2009] showed the first phase, bird eye shots of each building. ? The Arcosasnti 3D Model project (A3DM) is in its development process by the planning department. The following renderings represent the second phase of the project: renderings based on human eye perspective.
The previous daily progress report [see April 3. and 6. 2009] showed the first phase, bird eye shots of each building.
PIZZA PIAZZA. The Pizza Piazza with its large apse will contain foundry and ceramics production area, a visitor center and gallery, a pizza parlor, and three floors of residential and hotel units. The Piazza as a public space is covered and surrounded by the apse and the residential units are shown in the rendering.


? ENERGY APRON. The main feature of the Energy Apron is the incline of the topography. The membrane that produces the greenhouse effect is thus covering a series of large terraces on which vegetables, herbs and fruits will be cultivated. In the rendering, the interior is viewed from the west towards the east of the Energy Apron.
3D models and renderings for this report were produced by the planning department design team, Alfonso Elia, Youngsoo Kim and Graphics Intern Stephano Massa.


? Energy Apron:
The 3D model of the energy apron greenhouses is based on the 1991 plans developed by Tomiaki Tamura and Jeff Zucker. The 10m x 10m modules of this design relate to the La Loggia building parameters. Energy from the greenhouses will help heat the Critical Mass buildings. Currently the Planning Department is working with Roger Tomalty and David Tollas on scenarios for building test modules of the greenhouse. ? Energy Apron:
The 3D model of the energy apron greenhouses is based on the 1991 plans developed by Tomiaki Tamura and Jeff Zucker. The 10m x 10m modules of this design relate to the La Loggia building parameters. Energy from the greenhouses will help heat the Critical Mass buildings. Currently the Planning Department is working with Roger Tomalty and David Tollas on scenarios for building test modules of the greenhouse.


? Teilhard de Chardin Cloister:
Plans for the future home of the Cosanti Foundation Archives were brought into the 3D model by Young Soo Kim. Work continues on the final design of the Arcomedia wings of this building.


? La Loggia East and West:
The 3D model of La Loggia is based on the design of alumni-architect Jeff Zucker. Nadia Begin is working with Jeff on the use of new energy efficient construction techniques for these buildings. When completed, the La Loggia structures will serve as housing for residents and students.


? CRITICAL MASS
is the first 'major phase' of development of Arcosanti. It is planned to be a town of 500 to 600 people who will live and work, study, and/or visit. This will be the staging ground for the subsequent larger development of Paolo Soleri's most recent design for Arcosanti, Arcosanti 5000.
? CRITICAL MASS
is the first 'major phase' of development of Arcosanti. It is planned to be a town of 500 to 600 people who will live and work, study, and/or visit. This will be the staging ground for the subsequent larger development of Paolo Soleri's most recent design for Arcosanti, Arcosanti 5000.

The Planning department is developing renderings of the Arcosanti Critical Mass buildings. The work is based on a new 3D model of the entire site. The design team includes Tomiaki Tamura, Scott Riley, Alfonso Elia, Young Soo Kim, and Nadia Begin. Young Soo Kim, recently graduated from the University of Arizona, developed the 3D model utilizing topographic maps and individual building plans.
This work was generated on a new 3D workstation purchased for the Planning Department. The Arcosanti 3D Model project (A3DM) was promoted by Habitat Coordinator Scott Riley.


? PIZZA PIAZZA.
Alfonso Elia created a 3D model of the Pizza Piazza based on the 1987 hand-drafted drawings of Tomiaki Tamura. The design was then imported into the Arcosanti 3D Model. The Pizza Piazza building is intended to be new quarters for a foundry and ceramics factory as well as galleries, a visitor’s center, housing, and public piazza.


? WEST CRESCENT.
Young Soo Kim created a new 3D model of the West Crescent, which will likely house a conference center, hotel, and residences. Currently the Planning Department team is developing a detailed program for the design of this building.
We continue this report with more renderings on Monday, April 6. 2009.


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Workshop participant Morgan spends his workshop as part of the Planning department. He uses CAD to draw a schematic of the solar system distribution in the East Crescent.
[Photo & Text: ss]

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Workshop participant Morgan spends his workshop as part of the Planning department. He uses CAD to draw a schematic of the solar system distribution in the East Crescent.
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Construction and Utilities manager Scott Riley explains the details of the solar power system throughout Phase 5 of the East Crescent project.
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