Our Desert Campuses


Arcosanti is an experimental city and urban laboratory designed by Paolo Soleri in the high desert of Arizona, about one hour north of Phoenix. Built on a mesa, Arcosanti has expansive views of the natural landscape. You can hike and explore nature, as well as join a thriving and vibrant arts-based resident community. At any particular time there are about sixty people that call Arcosanti home engaged in the arts, design and agricultural activities on site.

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Cosanti is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona. It was built as the home and studio of Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri. Cosanti is marked by garden courtyards and terraced landscaping amidst experimental earth-formed concrete structures. Cosanti is located in Paradise Valley just north-east of Phoenix about half an hour from Sky Harbor International Airport. Numerous cultural, recreational, and culinary experiences are within half an hour from the campus.

The campus is an ideal setting for students to observe the fluid sandcast domes and forms carved directly out of the desert, serving as a springboard for individual experiments in design and building as a critical response to the environment. 

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