After emigrating to the United States in 1947 and studying with Frank Lloyd Wright, Soleri made his home in Arizona, where since 1970, he has planned and supervised the building of Arcosanti, a small-scale urban habitat. Resident students help with the building, which Soleri believes will offer a model alternative to the destructive effects of "sclerotic, asphyxiated" human society.
Soleri, Paolo, Arcology (1969),
The Sketchbooks (1971),
The Bridge between Matter and Spirit Is Matter Becoming Spirit (1973), and Arcosanti (1983);
Wall, Donald, Visionary Cities (1971).