Category Archives: Housing

ARA on Housing part 2


2nd ARA meeting on housing held yesterday at Unity Pavilion. .This follow-up meeting was building upon the ideas shared in the last ARA meeting. It was a working meeting, where participants were exploring ways to prioritise and practically implement these ideas. The ideas regarding housing, which primarily focussed upon affordable housing, fell into three main categories:
1.Finding new accommodation / places to build 2. The planning and construction of new accommodation 3. The financing of new accommodation.
The Organization Research Group

How to build the future? (short)

Accompanied by construction noises from a new concrete building site behind SAIIER, workers and supporters from Sacred Groves were discussing with opponents of the Sacred Groves project, skeptical Aurovillans and deputies from the Housing Board above big issues: How exactly should Auroville build its future? Manu begins with an introduction about the importance of ecological construction and about the Sacred Groves housing project. The following discussion sets up all critical points about the project: It is supposed to take too long, to be too costly, and a couple of architects who are present dont believe the buildings to maintain stable into the monsoon. The questions are answered by the founders of Sacred Groves and its volunteers. The music is taken from the German Combo "17 Hippies". The Sacred Grove Video showed during the introduction: http://sacredgroves.in/?cat=121


Comments: 0 Date: 10 Mar 2016

Lowcost house; What it takes

Sindhuja of Imago Auroville explains how they built a house for under 12 Lakhs, she shares the concept, materials and method employed, which gives us an indication for new possibilities and we think of the new steps needed for building homes and reducing costs in Auroville. More details can be found at: http://imagoauroville.com/projects/in-auroville/residence-for-mr-gupta/


Comments: 7 Date: 20 Oct 2015

Sacred Grove Housing Project

We learn about the hands on philosophy and experience of the Sacred Grove housing project through its volunteers and project holder Manu Gopalan.
The site is a lively mix of different functions, where the work site includes a small nursery and composting area that is fenced off, a dining platform, a carpentry shed, several containers serve as tool sheds, the living quarters and dormitories are a little set back.
The power is generated by solar panels and a wind generator (built by Jorge) and all these are being monitored by Akash's Wattman-

The entire site is a happy ensemble, a self contained and busy world where innovation thrives as methods are adapted and the work itself is constantly fine tuning and re-adjusting itself to fulfill and find its potential and purpose.


Comments: 0 Date: 25 Aug 2014

Is There a Housing Crisis in AV?


After months of research ARA core group invited the community to sharing yesterday at Unity Pavilion. After opening remarks we heard the report of the study group on the topic of housing, which has asked itself "Crisis, yes, but what crisis?
Close to hundred members of the community participated in the following part of work in groups to find either long or short term solution for housing crisis.
In the last part all ten groups shared their suggestions and proposals.
To that event continuation follows - maybe in next two weeks, and with a big hope of active participation, especially of those who are affected the most by the addressed topic.

How building the future? (full)

Accompanied by construction noises from a new concrete building site behind SAIIER, workers and supporters from Sacred Groves were discussing with opponents of the Sacred Groves project, skeptical Aurovillans and deputies from the Housing Board above big issues: How exactly should Auroville build its future?

Manu begins with an introduction about the importance of ecological construction and about the Sacred Groves housing project. The following discussion sets up all critical points about the project: It is supposed to take too long, to be too costly, and a couple of architects who are present dont believe the buildings to maintain stable into the monsoon. The questions are answered by the founders of Sacred Groves and its volunteers.

The music is taken from the German Combo "17 Hippies".
The Sacred Grove Video showed during the introduction: http://sacredgroves.in/?cat=121

Kalpana Housing Project Q&A

The final drawings and models for the Kalpana Housing Project were shown to an interested group at SAIIER.
42 units are planned with 4 designed to be wheelchair accessible. The architect, Mr. Neel from Ovoid Atelier demonstrated how each unit will have outdoor access and privacy. The design was repurposed from the now cancelled Sports facility and is in the same location.
A sustainabilty consultant was engaged and he assured the audience that the latest techniques have been employed.
The Plan and model are on display at Housing Services.




Comments: 0 Date: 28 Mar 2015

Housing for Avi International

On Friday the 19th of February the Housing service presented their work to Auroville International

Sacred Groves Tour

The Avi International were invited on Friday 26th of February to visit Sacred Groves project which aim is to provides low-cost, low-maintenance, and off-grid ecological housing


Comments: 0 Date: 26 Feb 2016

Tree House Brasil

Filip and Narayan from Tree House Community, Youth Center presented last night at Unity Pavilion, International Zone their six month long trip to Brasil. Starting with serious workshop to traveling on different parts of Brasil building tree houses. Tree House Community shares their knowledge, passion and trying to connect with all who sees the alternatives, sustainability and eco friendliness in the life style of tree houses.