Category Archives: City Life
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.