Paolo Soleri died this past April and I've had a few months to reflect on the man and his dramatic influences on my own life. I first learned about Paolo Soleri's work when I was around 9 or 10, having seen his seminal book Arcology: The City in the Image of Man, MIT Press, 1969. I was smitten. If this was Architecture, than I wanted in! The drawings within the book were literally fantastic, with incredible structures, that were a cross between massive earth works and human generated spatial geometries. I still have the book, through all my years in architecture school and various architecture firms, and even through the 5 years of living through the raw and spartan sanctuary called Arcosanti; the book still remains. A testament, perhaps, to the power of ideas in general, and Soleri's ideas in particular. There have been a number of obituraries written about Soleri, but this one from The Gaurdian, is the one I find most compelling.
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