Italian-born American architect. He worked for Frank Lloyd Wright (1947–9) before going back to Italy to build the Ceramics Factory, Vietri-sul-Mare, Salerno (1953). As a visionary designer, he returned to the USA where he established the Cosanti Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ (1955), building the Earth House (1956–8) there to demonstrate the possibilities of alternative technologies. He evolved the concept of Arcology in which architecture and ecology are merged, and designed many megastructures, one of which, called Arcosanti, near Scottsdale, intended to demonstrate his ideas, was commenced in 1970. He published Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969).
R. Banham (1976);Casper (1988);Kalman (1994);LeG&S (1996);Lima (ed.) (2003);Ranocchi (1996);S&S (1976);Soleri (1969, 1971, 2002);Strohmeier (ed.) (2001);Jane Turner (1996);Wall (1971)
Subjects: Architecture — Art.