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Behind the Music: Arcosanti

Abby Penning

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In the December 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine, the article “The Sounds of Spa” by Abby Penning addressed how the use of music and sound in the spa can heighten clients’ experiences. The article discussed how one spa in Arizona uses Soleri bells from the experimental community of Arcosanti, and the creation of those bells is just the beginning for this ecologically minded town.

Arcosanti is an experimental town near Scottsdale, Arizona, developed by Italian architect and ecologist Paolo Soleri as an attempt to reduce the environmental impact of living in an area. Deemed “arcology,” this way of life sees the town’s buildings and its inhabitants work efficiently together to maintain resources and improve the environment, while also enjoying artistic, technological and other pursuits

The project, which began in 1970, includes compact housing areas, businesses, open spaces, studios, and educational and cultural events. Attracting many curious students, tourists and even professionals, Arcosanti offers four-week workshops in which visitors can learn about arcology and participate in the construction and maintenance of the town. Residents and visitors tend to food and vegetation grown in the town’s greenhouses, which are also used as solar collectors for winter heat, and can take part in silt sculpture workshops, among other activities.

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