Arcology and Arcosanti: Sustainable Planning and Design

D. Grierson, Dimitra Babalis

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Arcosanti is a self-contained experimental town that began construction in 1970 in central Arizona, 70 miles (110 km) north of Phoenix. Architect Paolo Soleri, using a concept he calls arcology (a portmanteau of architecture and ecology), started the town to demonstrate how urban conditions could be improved while minimizing the destructive impact on the earth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcopolis
Subtitle of host publicationRevealing and Enhancing Sustainable Design
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006

Publication series

NameCities, Design and Sustainability
PublisherAlinea Editrice


  • urbanism
  • architecture
  • ecology
  • sustainable design

Research Output

Unfinished business at the urban laboratory: Paolo Soleri, Arcology, and Arcosanti

Grierson, D., 1 Dec 2016, In : Open House International. 41, 4, p. 63-72 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Impacts

    Sustainable Buildings and Cities

    David Grierson (Participant) & Fiona Bradley (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Professional practice, training and standards, Environment and sustainability - natural world and built environment


    Visiting Professor at Arcosanti, Arizona, USA

    Grierson, David (Recipient), 30 Sep 2013

    Prize: Appointment

    Cite this

    Grierson, D., & Babalis, D. (2006). Arcology and Arcosanti: Sustainable Planning and Design. In Ecopolis: Revealing and Enhancing Sustainable Design (pp. 47-58). (Cities, Design and Sustainability).