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West of CenterArt and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977$
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Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677252

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.001.0001

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Craft and the Handmade at Paolo Soleri’s Communal Settlements

Craft and the Handmade at Paolo Soleri’s Communal Settlements

(p.110) Chapter 7 Craft and the Handmade at Paolo Soleri’s Communal Settlements
West of Center

Elissa Auther

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the work of Paolo Soleri, one of the best-known utopian thinkers and architects of the twentieth century. His elaborate philosophies, eccentric artistic practices, and visionary city plans represent an intersection of influences ranging from the history of architecture, especially utopian design and city planning that emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s; countercultural forms of lifestyle of the same period that revolved around consciousness raising, environmentalism, and communal encounter; and the rise of craft as a legitimate aesthetic practice after centuries of being subordinated as a lesser artistic form in the hierarchy of the arts (a phenomenon that also dates to the 1960s and 1970s).

Keywords:   Paolo Soleri, architects, communes, counterculture, countercultural movement, utopian design, city planning

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