Category Archives: City Life

Frederick-Early days in Auroville

Frederick share about the early days in Auroville, his relationship with the mother and the land, the complexity and the joy to live the creation of the city the earth needs.

The Science of the Environment

The science of the environment: Architecture's influence on health and well-being. Dr. Jan Golembiewski, a global though-leader on the link between architecture and neuroscience, discuss some of the mechanism at play and make recommendations on how we can make our homes and building healthier.


Comments: 0 Date: 06 Feb 2017

CAT 07 City Planning

Tuesday 17th January at Unity Pavilion CAT 07 – it was about Auroville city plan with Anupama, Piero, Helmut, Toine, Judith Mandakini, Giacomo. The event was moderated by Anu and followed Q & A session. Anupama was showing his city plan to the community as it was done by Roger Anger. After it was the time for questions about new plan and what Auroville need for many peoples who will come to visit the city.


Comments: 2 Date: 19 Jan 2017

Land Purchase Situation

Sigrid, gave a very thought provoking presentation on situation of lands within the Auroville masterplan. As part of the presentation were 3 films, which give details about current and past circumstances regarding land. In one of the films, pioneers of Aurovillians are seen sharing their views and actual circumstance of lands when Auroville was getting ready to begin. The Crust of the presentation was to install a sense of urgency as mentioned, around 100 new private developments have emerged in past few years. These private developments not only plan to cash in on the popularity and good will of the community but also pose as an imminent threat to the lifestyle and basic functioning of Auroville at large. This presentation is an attempt to reach out to the world and stress upon all existing relations of goodwill with Auroville. The time to step up and act is now, what is slowly turning into a crisis can be avoided only if the entire community can come together and put forth an ingenious plan of action. Land will play a decisive role in manifesting the ideal Auroville we all dream of. With Sri Aurobindho and mother looking upon us, we must act diligently.


Comments: 3 Date: 02 Jan 2017

10th Auroville Marathon for Land

10th edition of Auroville Marathon - Run for the Joy of Runnig was about to end. Crowded with happy, yet tired faces of runners, loudspeakers heard from far announcing the arriving runners.... In between we caught Ananad, one of the core organizers who shared with us some facts and figures - this year was around 400 to 500 more runners than previous year, 3150 registered, and 2800 bibs were picked up; from Auroville 52, and from bioregion 250 runners participated; apart from 20 members of core organizing team also 500 people volunteer for different tasks needed to be look up if marathon should be successful. As Annand mentioned since 3rd Auroville Marathon 5000 to 6000 breakfasts are prepared every year for that occasion . Design - logo for the T-shirt this year was designed by an Auroville student, and T-shirts are in white, and blue, with the Mother symbol, representing different tasks of volunteers for the marathon. Out of almost a quarter of Auroville population who volunteered Kalsang shared some impressions, emphasizing that is always a privilege to volunteer at the occasion. Kalsang this year had a group of boys from TCV school who are currently in Auroville as exchange students, and they also shared some impressions. On the way out, toward Visitor's Centre three participants share their thoughts on Auroville Marathon, mostly stating that is fresh, and well maintained marathon. Novelty to this year marathon is the point, that it falls in the month of raising funds to purchase land, which still does not belong to Auroville.


Comments: 0 Date: 12 Feb 2017

Jean Fracois Noubel , JF

Jean Francois Noubel, was invited by Auroville council to brainstorm on existing process and explore new approaches. JF provided his services to more than 10 working groups and committees to reach their ideal goals. He was in Auroville delivering various workshops and presentation on collective intelligence. We invited JF to speak to the radio on more his personal life and point of view to help get an insight to the source of the radical yet rational ideas he is proposing as a general way of life. We start the conversation first by taking a deep breathe and exploring who is Jean Fracois Noubel, JF.


Comments: 2 Date: 02 Feb 2017

CISS sharing Auroville experience

Alvida Doston! It means good-bye friends. Its time to say good bye to our guest to Auroville, students from California Institute of Integral Studies. An institute started by Sri Haridas Chaudhary in California. The students and faculty members from this elite institute were here for two weeks. The stay and introduction sessions were all organized under supervision of Aster di and Bharat Nivas. The sharing at the end of the journey by this special group of individuals is rich and heartfelt. It will be great to hear how their experience was, as in a way, they are distant cousins to Auroville, learning and practicing integral studies.


Comments: 0 Date: 11 Jan 2017

ACROSANTI, a new collaboration?

Through the art of the Architectural Instrument - A presentation of Paolo Soleri's theory of compact city design by David and Nadia (long term Acrosanti residents & friends of Auroville). Sometimes the recording has a noise coming from the electromagnetic fields of the room, we apologize for it.


Comments: 0 Date: 09 Feb 2017

Jean Francois Noubel – "Now What"

CAT presented the 2nd sharing this year with Jean Francois Noubel titled "Now What". It was an interesting meet where the focus was on an invisible architecture structure "The Six Agreements" and the implementation and evolution of such architectures here in Auroville.

Auroville Architecture with CISS

Auroville architecture has been a source of inspiration for thousands of people, everyone visiting Auroville can only stare in astonishment and wonderment, how did they manage it? Well today as a special orientation for the students visiting from California Institute of Integral Studies, Suhasini and Piero put together a marvelous presentation. It was an entire spectrum of architecture, Piero with his special insights on the early Auroville days and construction of Matrimandir and Suhasni with her sharing of the ideology and practice of her unit in creating architecture of Auroville that we see around us. Projects like, Matrimandir, Solar Kitchen, Visitor Center, Future School, Unity Pavilion were some of striking projects discussed in details by the two master architects. This is a rare presentation, created by Piero with his collection of photographs which gives the real sense of the time when humanity as a whole embarked onto creating Matrimandir and eventually Auroville.


Comments: 0 Date: 11 Jan 2017
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