Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.

Mission, Vision, Goals and Values


The Mission of Cosanti Foundation is to explore the experiential and educational benefits of integrating Architecture and Ecology.


Explore equitable and sustainable relationships between human activities and the Earth’s ecology


• Further demonstrate the Arcosanti urban laboratory as a prototype Arcology
• Assume a significant role in the conversation surrounding environmental stewardship
• Inspire research and foster educational and cultural transformation


Essential to the Foundation's success in achieving its mission is to continue to develop and execute our plans based on the following core values. (Get REEL)

• RESOURCEFULNESS: a careful, thoughtful approach to planning, building and daily life that is experientially rich and materially frugal
• ECOLOGICAL ACCOUNTABILITY: to develop human habitat that protects its surroundings and is within Earth’s carrying capacity
• EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: the power of demonstration as a dynamic, grounded educational experience
• LIMITED FOOTPRINT: urban density as opposed to unbounded dispersion allows more activities in less space and better use of limited resources providing access for all to the economic and social essentials of “city” life