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Category Archives: Housing

Open House Sunship

On Saturday, September 30th we were invited for an open house in Sunship. Sunship started as a next step of the Citadines experiment which pioneered an urban collective housing project with a difference.
Originally the aspiration was to do the entire building with contributions from well-wishers . Due to practical reasons, out of the 39 apartments, 20 are to give on a pro bono basis and balance the rest with financial contribution. Sunship is an experiment in a new living, offering compact personal spaces and yet be part of a harmonious collective life. There are also common areas, such as double height terraces, the dining room, laundry and maintenance are taking care for. .. and of course Sunship integrates waste management, waste water treatment, rain water harvesting, solar energy and so on...
In the morning there was a short meditation while we listened to a talk from the mother while playing her organ, followed by a talk of Anu and Louis Cohen. Afterwards we could visit some of the apartments and have a cup of tea. In the afternoon there was an exctract from the show BHU/EARTH directed by Philippe and Thierry.

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

Le Pavillon de France présente

« Le nid du vent : recherche dystopique » Une « en-quête » sur l'habiter, l'utopie et la dystopie Présentée par Julie Beauté, étudiante en éco-philosophie à Paris Comment habitons-nous la Terre ? Quelle place nous donnons-nous, êtres vivants, les un-e-s les autres, les un-e-s avec les autres ? Quelles tranches de vies partageons-nous ? Comment construisons-nous notre demeure dans le monde ? Comment nos vies se pelotonnent-elles pour faire tomber les frontières de nos identités ? C'est à ces questions que Julie, étudiante en éco-philosophie à Paris et actuellement volontaire à Auro-Orchard, tente de répondre. Elle partagera sa recherche en cours, en proposant de s'interroger sur la question de l'habiter, sur les notions d'utopie et de dystopie, sur les concepts de maison et de chez-soi – et leurs revers. Sortant des bibliothèques et s'implantant dans la terre et dans les romans (notamment de science-fiction), elle dressera l'esquisse d'une « philosophie de terrain » en train de se faire, pour tenter de comprendre comment les vies se mêlent, s'entrelacent et se confondent dans les replis du monde.


Comments: 0 Date: 03 May 2017

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

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: 8 Date: 20 Oct 2015