Paolo Soleri's Influence Is Shown In New Documentary

October 11, 2013

To Arizonans, Paolo Soleri is best known for Arcosanti in Cordes Junction about 70 miles north of Phoenix, and perhaps the sound of Soleri bells. Soleri envisioned Arcosanti as a place that would combine architecture and ecology. He wanted thousands of people to eventually live on the land. After more than 40 years, Arcosanti is only about 5 percent completed.

Soleri died earlier this year at the age of 93, and he has been remembered in a documentary nearly a decade in the making called "The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in the Desert." The film was produced by Lisa Scafuro, who was assisted by her daughter Samantha Scarlette. Scafuro answered why Soleri is someone who should be remembered for generations to come.