Paolo Soleri, RIP, April 10, 2013

Paolo Soleri passed away yesterday, April 10, 2013. Passengers of the Jolly Swag who signed on for the whole tour will remember my visit to Arcosanti in Arizona, nearly two years ago.  

Arcosanti, is Soleri’s legacy and monument and it was there I experienced the man. 

Last night seemed a good time to recall the experience of that encounter, I visit the blogs I wrote in May of 2011.  If you’d like to do the same, find links below:

Arcosanti — An Arcology  

Arcosanti — Paolo Soleri’s School of Thought  

Arcosanti — Paolo Soleri’s Words 

Arcosanti — Wnd Bells and Nudes  


About allevenson

Writer (of stories, journals, email dialogues), Reader (of books written by friends, recommended by friends, and works-in-progress of friends), Hiker (never met a trailhead I didn't like), Biker (more scenery for the buck than hiking) and lately, Blogger (about my Year on the Road at
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7 Responses to Paolo Soleri, RIP, April 10, 2013

  1. karen wittgraf says:

    I think the bells are all ringing today, don’t you? I can feel it.

  2. dhbauer says:

    Having reached the age of 94 years Paolo Soleri had a good long run of life, and he made good use of his time on earth. He now belongs to the ages, and as Karen observed, the bells at Arcosanti are ringing.

  3. David L says:

    The notion of living with Mother N versus opposing her; bringing a less cluttered awareness of being and using that awareness in satisfying creative ways, is welcome and easily accommodated. And I think of all the wealth required to create jobs that raise the money to pay for the work required to create more jobs – so much of it in “fighting” the environment we live in and destroy.

    Thanks, Al, for your reintroduction of Paola Soleri. I had forgotten. Your writing shines as you expose you association with the man and his ways, and I envy that experience. It isn’t gone, of course – and even down the road apiece, I bathe in a little of his philosophy and your retelling.

  4. Colleen Rae says:

    Spectacular architecture and spectacular philosophy. Wish I was as ‘brain dead’ as Soleri. A true giant you came across and melded his story into your journey on the road. Thanks Al, for reminding me/us of this unique individual.

  5. jkroyce says:

    So sorry I didn’t have the good fortune to meet this man. Now I will have to be satisfied knowing him through you. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Elfriede Jeller says:

    I am the “healthy blond” who had Paolo’s arm around her when
    you took his picture. He did enjoy the female form. Just read your recollection of your meeting with Paolo at our weekly School of thought. Beautifully captured. I am leaving for Arcosanti next week (heavy hearted this time) to continue Paolo’s work with more vigour than ever….

    • allevenson says:


      I remember you very well–and still have your picture. I decided not to include you only to protect your privacy. You honor me by sharing my essays with SOFT. I hope those at SOFTn enjoyed my recollections as much as I did.

      Best regards to your continuing vigorous efforts.


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