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ARCOSANTI TODAYIN THE SHADOW OF THE BIOSPHERE, PAOLO SOLERI'S DREAM SHUFFLES ALONG

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On the occasion of the Biosphere's most recent wave of publicity, Soleri took such a moment with New Times. The sum of his feelings about the new project could best be expressed by this quote:

"The biggest grant I ever got was $75,000," says Soleri. "We had to sell bells in order to survive."

The Biosphere's jump-suited environauts dream of science. Soleri and his people dream of asphalt. Among Soleri and his workers, the topic of the Biosphere is a bit of a mystery. Nobody seems quite sure what all the fuss is about. The rich Scottsdale neighborhood that grew around Cosanti has successfully managed to shut out the nature Soleri prefers to live with. To Arizona locals, Arcosanti is perhaps best remembered as the site of several rock concerts in the late 1970s.

"We study ruins. We don't study Arcosanti."

"If I had known what was ahead," Soleri has said, "I never would have started this.

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Dave Walker