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Category Archives: Architecture

Architect Suhasini Ayer

In conversation with Suhasini Ayer, we get to know about how she chose Architecture as a subject to study, what brought her to Auroville, her upcoming project Humanscapes, young architects and the future of India and Auroville in terms of architecture.

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

Detailed Plan of Residential Zone

Yesterday afternoon at SAIIER conference room Spanish architect Lusi Feduchi presented again - this time compiled and revised with feedback from Auroville architects - his Detailed Development Plan for Residential Zone 1 and 2.

This Interactive event was meant for all interested parties - residents to be more informed about the plan in order to approve it. Detailed plans will be available at Town Hall for public viewing
Common feeling of residents was that architects are not familiar with ground reality of the area.

A Critique-high-rise high-density

Talk by Ashok Lall took place in Auroville on the 22nd August covering the Genesis of high rise living, ‘social health’ of high rise living, Limits of density, economics of high rise development, environmental outputs, land utilization and mobility, followed by Q&A with a panel comprising of Sanjay Prakash, Tanmay Tathagath and Dean D’Cruz and Ashok Lall; all well know in India for their work in Sustainable Habitat.

Ashok Lall is an architect from New Delhi, Ex-dean of the TVB school of Architecture - ND, was convener of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission Work group on Energy. His work includes projects like the Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur; Sehgal Foundation, Gurgaon and Development Alternatives World Headquarters, New Delhi.

He is well wisher of Auroville and has helped with inputs on planning and architecture whenever requested by Auroville. This talk was organised as part of a two day meeting held in Auroville by the Gubbi Alliance for Sustainable Habitat.



Comments: 0 Date: 24 Aug 2015

Internship in Auroville

Internship and discovering this beautiful place are two of the many reasons many interns and volunteers come here and spend time at Mitra youth hostel where they get to meet a lot of architectural as well as designer students. In conversation with few of the interns, we get to know more about their life 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

The Sustainable Anuradhapura

Yesterday's talk on 'Buddhist Building Traditions for sustainable living in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka', at Savitri Bhavan by Dr. Satyajit Ghosh witnessed the usual enthusiastic response from the Auroville Community of Architects, students, volunteers and people related to water resource management and energy mobilization in built-up spaces. The talk was dedicated to the memory of Nirodbaran, who had Buddhist origins and mentored Dr. Ghosh’s sadhana up to the end of his life. Dr. Ghosh introduced the ancient city of Anuradhapura with one of his favorite quotes 'Architecture is inhabited sculpture.' Anuradhapura was established as the first capital of Sri Lanka in the 4th century BC and continued to remain so, for nearly ten centuries. The study showed the comparison between the schemes of natural ventilation in the dormitories of the Jetavana Vihara and the Great Brazen Monastery, which were monuments of high historical significance. Other than being UNESCO acclaimed world heritage sites, The Great Brazen Monastery is arguably the world’s first sky-scraper, built in 100 BC and which could be also considered the first example of 'Proportionate architecture' (61 x 61 x 61). The study included detailed research on how the Buddhist architects of one thousand years ago assured the comfort of the monks of Anuradhapura through the control of air and water flow through the buildings. The fact that the city won fame for being the pioneer of hydraulic air-conditioning in the ancient world was proved through his in-depth technical research. The connection between micro physics and architecture was then elaborated by Dr. Ghosh. The study also threw light on the Envimet simulation software developed, where the latitude and longitude details of a location could generate the required solar transmission and other wind details of the place. Further explanation was on another system used for determining thermal comfort - PMV (Predict Mean Vote), which concluded that the Jetavana Vihar was a building of a relatively low thermal mass compared to the Great Brazen Monastery. The tremendous efforts and the intelligence of the Buddhist architects was highlighted through the study of water reservoirs and their linkages across Anuradhapura, as well. The 75 minute talk culminated with a Q & A session and the research published in the form a book - 'Idioms of Sustainability in ancient Anuradhapura' was kept open for purchase, with the leads contributed to Savitri Bhavan.


Comments: 0 Date: 23 Oct 2015

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

Congratulaions ! Earth Institute

Auroville congratulate's and acknowledges Satprem Maïni and his brilliant team as they have done the community proud by completing yet another project and this one in the most adverse condition, known to human civilization. Not only did they complete this marvelous project, they have yet again proved to the community and world at large the possibility and advantages of constructing with Rammed Earth . On completion of the project , the ' World Climate Change Summit ' gave a prize to 'Earth Institute' represented by Satprem and his team, "Green Building Award" for being a role model project, in meter of ' low carbon footprint' and 'eco-friendly' aspects of the project. For photos and more details about the project are available with the institute to explore.


Comments: 2 Date: 22 Dec 2016

Inauguration of the Archives site

This morning, on October 4, 2015 at 9.30, Dr Karan Singh inaugurated the new site for the archives together with Aurovillians and members of the Governing Board and IAC.


Comments: 0 Date: 04 Oct 2015