Item #1646 Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes. Paolo Soleri.
Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes
Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes
Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes
Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes
Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes
Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes
Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes
Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes
Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes
Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes
Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes
Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes

Arcology: The City in the Image of Man (1969); With Soleri Lecture Notes

The rare, oversize 1969 spiralbound first printing of Paola Soleri's Arcology: The City in the Image of Man, with extensive notes neatly written on the first pages by the previous owner "from a 2-hour discussion with Soleri in History of Modern Architecture class" on April 23, 1971.

Also written on the first page is "Corcoran Gallery, Washington (D.C.) 5th February 1970, C.S. Rhym" and it is assumed this is where the book was purchased. Other books from this collection note place and date purchased. Also with underlining and notes to the preface and a few other pages throughout the book.

Some written comments from the discussion/lecture include "Soleri agrees that while he is not chiefly a formalist, he is very interested in the types of forms and formal impact of his arcologies" and "S. agrees that his forms are very like those of Louis Kahn in his new buildings at Dacca, East Pakistan. He said one might wonder who had got there first, since some of his sketches about 5 years ago are very close to Kahn." Other notes include Soleri's comments on symmetry, population, social organization, reactions to other architects and architecture types, and more.

Arcology: The City in the Image of Man established Soleri as one of the most visionary architects of the 20th Century. His concept of Arcology, fusing architecture with ecology, is illustrated with detailed drawings documenting his vision of highly integrated, compact three-dimensional urban forms that are the antithesis of urban sprawl and waste. Arcosanti, built in the Arizona desert, was Soleri's prototype arcology and testing ground for his progressive urban planning concepts. A 50th Anniversary Edition of the book was published in 2019 by the Cosanti Press. Soleri died in 2013.

A visionary document of 20th Century utopian architecture, in its rare first printing and documenting ideas directly from a lecture/discussion given by Soleri in 1971.

Due to size and value, not available for Media Mail or Priority Mail shipping, must ship via UPS. Choose media mail at checkout and a shipping fee of $20 will be added for $25 total via UPS Ground. Item #1646.

Condition: Very Good-, some soiling/moisture marks to front cover along bottom and right side with slight moisture waviness at the corners of the first three pages; light spotting to a few pages; slight discoloration around page edges; spiral binding is uncracked and in very nice condition; writing and notes to pages as mentioned above.

Architecture Monograph
MIT Press
24.5" x 14.25"
122 pages
Spiral bound
Cambridge, MA / London: 1969

Price: $475.00

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