Planning for the future, honoring the past
Step into a dream for future urban planning and meditate before a monument to past military service.
Your tour begins at Arcosanti, an educational, nonprofit, ecological preserve, located in Mayer, about 65 miles north of Phoenix. This urban laboratory focuses on innovative design and environmental accountability. It exemplifies lean alternatives to urban sprawl, based on Paolo Soleri’s theory of a compact city design, where architecture meets ecology. Soleri (1919-2013) was an Italian-born architect, urban theorist and artist.
In 1970, his Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, one of the first projects to spark the sustainability movement. The community features various mixed-use buildings and public spaces, where people live, work, visit and participate in educational and cultural programs. Visitors can also witness a bronze foundry pour and learn about the process of hand-making Soleri’s famous windbells.
NOTE: The terrain is quite rugged, there is extensive walking, many steps and no ramps to the tour areas. This trip is not recommended for anyone with a mobility challenge.
Next, you’ll stop for lunch at Rock Springs Cafe, known for its pies. Established in 1918, the cafe is Arizona’s oldest, independently owned and still-operating restaurant. Its relevance as a historical site, known as “The Rock,” dates back more than a century, from Yavapai encampments to cattle drives to a hotel for famous guests, including Wyatt Earp and Tom Mix.
Finally, stretch your legs at Anthem Veterans Memorial, a place of honor and reflection for veterans, friends and family. Its five pillars, staggered in size, represent the unity of the five branches of the U.S. military. At precisely 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the pillars to form a solar-spotlighted, glass mosaic of the great seal of the U.S.
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 8:15 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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