Last updated: August 26, 2013 (8 months ago)
Listing created on: November 17, 2004


(Cordes Lakes, Arizona, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1970  Established: 1970
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Arcosanti Public Relations
  • Phone: 928-632-7135
  • Address:
    HC 74 Box 4136
    Cordes Lakes, Arizona, 86333
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Whether it is for an hour or a week, anyone can visit. Guided tours are available several times per day and overnight accommodations are available by reservation. If you are really interested in Arcosanti and would like to stay for more than a few days, please consider registering for a 1-, 2- or 5-week workshop, which includes room and board, and gives you the chance to learn, participate and get to know what life inside and arcology is all about! Please visit for further information.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Must complete Arcosanti 5-Week Workshop

Mission Statement:

Arcology & Urban Design

Community Description:

Well-known for its community, architecture, and setting, Arcosanti is a project of the Cosanti Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation. It is built based on the principles of architect and artist Paolo Soleri’s theory of arcology, which blends architecture and ecology to create a pedestrian city that serves as an alternative model to the problematic practice of urban sprawl. The main goal of arcology is to create complex, three-dimensional, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsive-and-responsible pedestrian communities wherein living, working, social, commercial, industrial, arts, and natural spaces are accessible within short, walkable distances. The result is a place that is frugal in its use of natural resources while offering an experientially- and culturally-rich lifestyle for its inhabitants.

Since its founding in 1970, Arcosanti has had over 7,000 people of all backgrounds participate in its workshop programs, which are offered 9 times per year. People of all ages, backgrounds, experience levels, and lifestyles are welcome at Arcosanti; we are nonsecular and non-communal.

After successfully completing a five-week workshop, you have the option to stay on as an Arcosanti resident by contributing 40 hours per week as an employee (when available) or volunteer. We offer many areas of interest including construction, architecture, interior design, bronze foundry, ceramics, facilities maintenance, cafe, landscaping, archives, agriculture, outreach and other areas.

Come visit! We host about 50,000 visitors annually. Our Gallery and Visitor’s Center are open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed on major holidays). Guided tours are available on the hour from 10 am to 4 pm, excluding noon. Our cafe serves 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, including numerous vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Overnight accommodations are available by reservation. We also host numerous public arts and cultural events throughout the year.

Please visit our website for further information!


  • Adult Members: 56
  • Child Members: 6
  • Non-member Residents: 25
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: No, all welcome

    Open to parents, usually public schooled

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: The President of the Board of the Cosanti Foundation

    The Board of the Cosanti Foundation and the Arcosanti Leadership Team

    Arcosanti is managed by the Board of the Cosanti Foundation

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Other, Other
  • Area: 4060 acres
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit
  • Current number of residences: 30
  • Additional Comments: Built environment occupies less than 1% of land

    The Cosanti Foundation, Arcosanti’s parent organization, own the land.

    Residential spaces vary widely in amount of space and style

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: No income sharing; $40/ week is paid by residents as a co-use fee for on-site accommodations, utilities and amenities. Resident volunteers do not pay co-use.

    40 hour/week, paid or volunteer

    Must complete 5-Week Workshop; workshop fee includes food/lodging; financial assistance available. See website.

    $40/ week is paid by residents as a co-use fee. Volunteers do not pay co-use.


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: Residents choose; some eat at home, some together in Cafe

    Our Cafe offers both meat and vegetarian/vegan options and is sensitive to food allergies (upon request)

    Everyone differs; beer and wine is available for purchase nightly in Cafe

    Everyone differs; smoking permitted in designated areas only

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Community Affiliations

Findhorn Foundation and Community, Auroville

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.