We are sad to report that the internationally renowned architect Paolo Soleri has died at the age of 93. The Italian-born architect founded the “urban laboratory,” Arcosanti, located some 70 miles north of Phoenix. Described by Newsweek as “the most important urban experiment undertaken in our lifetimes,” Arcosanti would ultimately serve as a school, a home, a commune, a church and a family for the nearly 7,000 individuals who would cross its threshold. It was Soleri’s life’s work, but in 2011, some 40 years after breaking ground on Arcosanti, he decided to retire at the age of 92. In January 2013, Arizona Highways profiled Soleri’s heir, Jeff Stein.
According to a statement issued by officials at Arcosanti, Soleri is survived by two daughters, Kristine Soleri Timm and Daniela Soleri, both of California; two grandchildren; and Cosanti, the famous urban research foundation he began. A private burial will take place at Arcosanti.