Agreed, but he was also successful as an architect. That is something Soleri never was. Soleri designed two homes and a modest factory early in his career that were actually built, not including his own home. His Arcosanti, which I have toured twice, failed. Barely 5% of it was built and he forgot to include a sewage system. That had to come later.
His amphitheater in Santa Fe failed, being too small and too difficult to maintain.
What is there after that? I read remarks in stories about him that many of his designs were built, but they always list just what I have here. Where is there a longer list?
Soleri was a theorist, and his theories didn't work. They are charming, enjoyable to look at and ponder and he made a living at it. I am pleased Soleri had a good long life making bells and dreaming big beautiful dreams.
That's all fine, but hardly worthy of an exalted status as an architect.