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Arcology: The City in the Image of Man

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This latest 2006 edition comes in a new oversize format (19" x 11.75"), 50% larger than the previous edition (16" x 9"). First published in 1969 by the MIT Press, Arcology: The City In The Image of Man has become legendary among scholars, architects, artists, and librarians around the world. It established Paolo Soleri as one of the most innovative minds of our time.
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Hardcover, 132 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Cosanti Press (first published 1969)
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030518: this is actually Not an extra-long book: but i wanted to give readers a warning on exactly how Large this book is- finally decided to put it flat on the dining table and look down at it. there is also something endearing as annoying, that the book selects only a few readers willing to read snippets, read often incoherent writing, read a sense of the western world 1969 that seems ultimately utopian with no sense of how we mere humans can advance on this plan...

utopia by design? i remember
Colten Jackson
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous vision of possible future mega-cities. A student of Frank Lloyd Wright, but instead of bringing sunlight and nature into private homes, his designs bring sunlight and nature into entire cities. Very interesting analogies between urbanism and biology - the way culture arises from interconnected lives, like intelligence arises from interconnected neurons. Stacked on top, folding into itself, the city in the image of man.
Sep 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ppl interested in society, social evolution, or arcologies
"This book is about miniaturization"

That is the first line of Arcology and it's given two pages all to itself, emphasizing the difference in scale between the large-format book and the small text.

Soleri's vision of arcology is usually relegated to the back corners of science fiction and the odd comment in newspaper reviews of architecture, usually indicating how far outside of the mainstream Soleri is considered to be. More attention is given to the culture at Arcosanti, where 20-somethings go t
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sure, the text is mostly autistic gibberish, but the illustrations are incredible! I found a copy in a bookstore for 20 bucks, because I am an extremely savvy book buyer.
Douglas Summers-Stay
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book. I don't know what it says-- the letters are too small for me to read, it's something about cities as organisms and the outgrowth of human creativity-- but the illustrations are everything you could hope for. Arcologies are futuristic, biologically inspired cities inside of buildings, designed in detail by the author. And by detail I mean so many details you can't possible percieve them all, even with a magnifying glass, overflowing the two-foot-long pages.
Recommended especially
Zachary Jones
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A visual orgy of ideas in form - worth it even if you don't speak English.
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Paolo Soleri was an Italian architect. He established Arcosanti and the educational Cosanti Foundation. Soleri was a lecturer in the College of Architecture at Arizona State University and a National Design Award recipient in 2006.

Soleri authored six books, including The Omega Seed, and numerous essays and monographs.