Architect who founded Arcosanti dies in Arizona - New York News

Architect who founded Arcosanti dies in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - Italian-born architect Paolo Soleri, who began building a futuristic community called Arcosanti north of Phoenix more than 40 years ago but never completed it, has died at age 93.

Officials of the Cosanti Foundation said Soleri died Tuesday morning of natural causes at his Paradise Valley home.

Soleri broke ground on Arcosanti in 1970 on the basalt cliffs overlooking the Agua Fria River in Cordes Junction about 70 miles north of Phoenix.

About 14 primary buildings and a swimming pool have been constructed over the years, but officials say the community is only about 5% complete and is home to less than 90 people.

Soleri is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren. He will be buried at Arcosanti beside his wife Colly, who died in 1982.

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