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Presentation of Inuksuk

Auroville radio was there last Sunday, to capture the peaceful moment around the Inuksuk (stone figures created by the first inhabitants of the Canadian north, the Inuit). It was built in the International zone by AVI Canada, along with Aurovilians born in Canada. A presentation of the monument and a meditation was followed by a round table to share experiences. Aurovilians, volunteers, newcomers and guests all took part, creating links between people of good will who would never have met all together otherwise, so: many thanks to Canada for such a great action for unity! Read more

Friday, 07 February 2014
(City Life)
Shyama`s Interview Part 2

On December 5th, Francois and Rakhal projected the 2nd part of Shyama's (Certitude) interview. This is an extremely moving movie as Shyama recounts the very beginnings of Auroville, her unique relationship with the Mother, the death of the first Auroson and the birth of the second one, as well as her insights into Auroville today. Shyama had seven children and her life, courage and strength are an inspiration to all. The 5th of December is Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi and it is a fitting day as Shyama, the name given by the Mother, is one of Krishna's names. Read more

Thursday, 26 December 2013
(City Life)
Volunteering in Auroville

SAVI is a service welcoming volunteers in Auroville. Last Friday, the 13th, they  organized a second Cafe Auroville Gathering at the Unity Pavilion. Discussions focused on seven topics: 1) Welcoming process, 2) Housing, 3) Food, 4) Transport, 5) Services, 6) Networking, and 7) Socializing. This second Gathering offered an opportunity for volunteers to discuss results obtained at the previous meeting. This time Aurovilians and volunteers were asked to choose their topics and to join a group for sharing experiences and knowledge. Read more

Friday, 20 December 2013
(City Life)
How Close Are We?

The Pavilion of French Culture shows, at regular intervals, video interviews with Aurovilians who knew the Mother. Screenings take place at Cinema Paradiso, Town Hall. As Rakhal explains, until today 25 interviews have been recorded, with more to be done. Rakhal and Francois Gautier are working on them, and, as Rakhal says, in general it is very touchy to record these testimonial reflections on the past and future development of Auroville. At the same time, the interviews are vivid documents of the growth that has happened.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013
(City Life)
Open Platform on MM, Entry
Open Platform was held yesterday at the Unity pavilion in International Zone. It started by a report of the Entry Task force and their proposals to base this process on faith and trust , with one or several mentors for each newcomer at the centre part of it. Their project is yet to be fully concluded. The participants spoke also of the housing task force and asked for more volunteers to enroll. Then came the time of the participating debate about the Matrimandir, and the way to find a new team of executives. Read more

Tuesday, 17 September 2013
(City Life)
Entry Service Presents
Yesterday the Entry Service team presented to the community a clarification on its actual role and last year’s data and figures. The presentation began with the introduction of each team members ,then Kripa took over with a brief history of this service through the years and its different appellations, followed by a complete and detailed resume of last year activity and results. With dedication she went through sensitive points regarding all those wishing to join the community, and clarified the position of the Entry Service within Auroville... Read more

Sunday, 15 September 2013
(City Life)
Open Platform - Entry #5

With continuation of Open Platform sessions, and with the work of task group on certain issues things slowly starting to get a form. How to simplify the bureaucratic ways in order to bring to Auroville more people, especially young, and from the under privileged countries was the main discussion on Friday's Open Platform at Unity Pavilion in International Zone. As the topic is very complex, with aspects ranging from The Mother vision and guidance, to Indian law , and to past experiences of the community, finding the clear way isn't easy Read more

Monday, 05 August 2013
(City Life)
Open Platform on Entry #4
Yesterday's open platform on Entry process with Housing at SAWCHU, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in International Zone tried to focus on the changes of the Entry Process with the opening agenda-How to implement the changes required to simplify the Entry Process? After the review of current process with defined vision, wish list came up with some suggestions for change. Debate was heated up, for participants hard to keep it strictly on changes of Entry Process but finally the task force team was volunteered to prepare the proposal Read more

Tuesday, 16 July 2013
(City Life)
Housing and Entry 3
Despite the hot and tiring afternoon Unity Pavilion in International Zone yesterday afternoon was well attended by residents to participate at open platform - a community meeting, continuation from 31st of May - on housing and entry policies. Again many ideas, thoughts, points were brought on the "table" yet without any specific conclusion but with a promise for continuation of the discussion. Read more

Tuesday, 02 July 2013
(City Life)
Housing and Entry
How can we the Auroville community address the housing bottleneck? Or is there an issue at all? In this followup to the community meeting about the Entry process, residents discuss these and other questions. This is not a new topic. Aurovilians quickly had a long list of suggested reforms and more radical ideas. One thing that is clear is that lack of affordable long-term housing has indeed strongly influenced some potential residents' decisions to leave Auroville. If we want the city to grow, we need to help new people feel at home here. Read more

Thursday, 20 June 2013
(City Life)
Community Discussion on Entry
A good number of Aurovilians convened at Unity Pavilion on Friday for an open-space discussion on the Entry process. The meeting was a continuation of last month's exploration into how to bridge the gap between the working groups and the RAS. In this second installment, the community reflects on the purpose of the entry process. Residents compare what it was like to join Auroville in the early days to what is required of Newcomers now. Ashatit facilitates as Aurovilians hold a conversation, collectively working out what should be be changed. Read more

Monday, 03 June 2013
(City Life)
New Housing Project
As we all know housing is a big problem at the moment in Auroville. But with this new housing project there is light at the end of the tunnel. This project will provide 20 flats for single, couples and families starting from Rs 13 lakhs. There is also provision for modular office spaces. In this phase they will incorporate a new and innovative building technology called Light Steel Frame (LSF) for the structure. This technology is known for faster construction and its cost-effectiveness. Read more

Friday, 15 March 2013
(City Life)
Transparency, Alternative Housing
For many participants the proposed agenda for the Values and Priorities meeting no. 4, was not really acceptable; on Restriction to Entry, when we should have examined the proposal for outlying lands be converted into resources to buy land within the Master Plan Area (in order to develop affordable houses) the meeting concluded after more than two hours of lively discussion. It was clear that we need to explore further the costs of present construction, which seems to be blown up; let's come up with concrete plans for alternative housing. Read more

Tuesday, 21 August 2012
(City Life)
Portrait of Michaels
Michaels came to Auroville one year ago to be a volunteer and now he is working at SAVI at Unity Pavilion in International Zone. He is helping the other volunteers for long term commitments - like welcome and registration when arriving in Auroville, or introductory seminar to discover and understand Auroville. He is also very much enthusiastic, with some ideas how to extend the field of action of Auroville around the world and, why not, to create others communities like Auroville. Read more

Friday, 13 July 2012
Aurocard discussion
In the Unity Pavillion, the new multi purpose hall, the members of Auroville International have come together to discuss the Aurocard plan. Akash and Marco sketch a detailed picture of the Aurocard to the AVI members. The plan is as you know already in use, but not optimally. In this meeting, the unresolved difficulties around the card are discussed in detail. Every aspect regarding the Aurocard from technical details to the reactions of the guest houses are part of the discussion. Read more

Friday, 10 February 2012
(City Life)
Yesterday some members of the l'Avenir d'Auroville had a meeting with the residents to gather in the Creativity comunity. The aim was to update the participants regarding city development in residential sectors. The conclusion of the discussion was that the financial aspect of Auroville needs urgent attention so that the city's development can be realized. In the December issue of AurovilleToday a title resonates: Auroville Population Stagnate. Last year the residents increased by 8 members only. Some of the policies need to be looked into. Read more

Thursday, 22 December 2011
(City Life)
Cluster Development
Open doors once a month is a new addition of L'Avenir d'Auroville services to community members. In the interview with Dorle and Sauro we found out why more interactive approach needs to be taken if whole community wants to work on development of the city. Shortage of houses is a sore spot for years, and reasons for that are various. The new proposal of numerous projects from L'Avenir team was recently published, and it did stir up the community and bring positive and negative feedback along with the hope that things are moving.

Thursday, 15 September 2011
(City Life)
Manu on Transit Lounge
Manu discusses the site plan and progress of Transit Lounge with Eric. The Transit Longue has been specifically designed for Aurovillians and Newcomers as a housing solution in order to ease the pressure of shifting houses every one or two years and to help integrate themeselves in Auroville. The intention is to provide freedom and choice to a community of smaller groups that can co-exist creatively and peacefully. The prototypes of individual designs of housing units proposed by various builders was also discussed. Read more

Friday, 12 August 2011
Ross of Entry Service
Today's news features Ross, a member of the Entry Service Team, speaking of his experience and his growth as a result of taking on such work. Also find an announcement for a new session of 'Orientation to Auroville,' for those in the process of becoming newcomers it's part of the Entry Process to Auroville. It is always an amazing experience; it uncovers the deeper reality of Auroville, its history, aims and ideals, and present functioning in key areas. Read more

Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Houses and Jazz
Jalshaghar presents on Thursday 28th July, at 8.00pm at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture World Music Concert Raga – Jazz.; night of interesting music. Also on Thursday at 5 pm in Town Hall Conference Hall we're invited to the Presentation on Transit Lounge housing project which is an experiment in dis-mountable housing with common facilities. It gives a relatively low cost place to live, in a short period of time with many creative options such as housing design, financial features and flexibility. Read more

Tuesday, 26 July 2011
(City Life)
Housing Available
Transit lounge is a new temporary housing project for newcomers and Aurovillians who are forced to house sit and move from place to place looking for accommodation facilities,thus this project will fulfill their housing needs. This consists of basic dis-mountable houses which will be made from natural materials obtained from local villages environment with compost toilets. However, the houses will cost around a lakh or two,which may be affordable to everyone. In this case the housing problem in Auroville will be solved. "I call upon newcomers and Aurovillians to participate in this enthusiastic project," says Manu. Apparently it is expected that about 30 houses will be built just for the start and more in the future, though there hasn't been much response from both newcomers and Aurovilians. Read more

Tuesday, 19 July 2011
(City Life)
More About Houses
The last meeting for transit lounge of 24th 0f June was basically about the land issue when one Tamil person on the previous one that had taken place on 16thof June claimed that part of the land was his. Manu who is the main man and his team went back and sat on the table to figure out how they were going to deal with issue there fore they decided to go for plan plan B and this was to take up the land opposite Courage. In this interview however Manu and Balagi spoke about how the project will benefit the Aurovilians and newcomers who have a housing situation and the materials that would be used in the construction of the dis-mountable houses further more they talked about how the students(architect interns) will be involved in the project and also that the materials are tested at pondicherry university...... Read more

Monday, 18 July 2011
(City Life)
Evolving in the Living House

For this weeks update on the Transit Lounge, we accompanied potential users to a site visit of the Living House by architect Ajay. We have interviewed the architect, followed by feedback and comments from potential users on the construction and its features. The Living House, which is one of the new prototypes for the Transit Lounge/ Temporary Housing Project, is made from natural materials obtained from local villages/environment. Thus it comes with a low carbon footprint, while preserving local tradition and crafts. Ajay and his family have been living for more than 4 years in the house made from stone, mud, bamboo and a grass/ reed thatched roof, which should last 10-20 years. So far little to not maintenance was needed, as the long overhang protects most of the building from the strong monsoon rains. ... Read more

Friday, 27 May 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Egypt from Explorer`s Mind

Pierre Villat , a civil engineer by profession but an explorer in mind condenses his feeling & experience about his careful systematic search in the archeological sites in Egypt. A guest in Auroville, he talks Exclusively with AurovilleRadio about the meaning of a beautiful life, Mother & how he has been shaped from his past which he considers as a kind of gift. Our imagination dream and reality's unfixed border & thirsts about Egypt gets more and more interesting from his observation. Enjoy !!! Read more

Friday, 20 May 2011
(City Life)
Have Your Say
In a month from now, architects and builders will start working on assembling the common house of the Auroville Transit Lounge. We have interviewed Nikadass a potential "user" of Transit Housing. He shares his understanding and feelings of the project, while talking about his personal experience he raises some of his concerns on housing per se in Auroville. Read more

Thursday, 19 May 2011
(City Life)
Weekly Update-Transit
The Transit Lounge project has taken solid roots. Every Wednesday, prospective users gather to discuss issues, share ideas and visit builders to get first hand experience of the 8 housing designs. At the start of this week, we share an interview with Architect Manu, who summarizes last Wednesday's meeting in which "users" were brought together with builder Peter A. Luminosity and his design "Beyond Johnny". This weeks meeting will take place on Wednesday 18th at 5pm, location Reeve. Prospective "users" will have the opportunity to meet with builder Eric and receive explicit information on his Auzolan Construction. We are looking to follow the development of The Transit Lounge/ Dis-Mountable Housing Project, but if ... Read more

Monday, 16 May 2011
(City Life)
Dis-mountable Housing

"It takes too much time to build houses compared to the need", here is the concrete starting statement Bridget assessed to explain the reason why of the Dis-mountable Housing Project to the sixty persons who came to attend the meeting on Friday April 15th, 2011 at the Town Hall Conference Room. The Auroville Transit Lounge project team presented details, images and costs of the projects as well as the sites that are dedicated for it. Dis-mountable Housing aims at providing solutions to new comers and Aurovilians who need housing for the time being of their own house construction. Read more

Monday, 18 April 2011
(City Life)
Transit Housing
Dorle from l'Avenir d'Auroville and Manu, Architect working on natural and renewal materials, are giving additional information on the issues builders and architects have faced to develop Transit Housing solutions and how they are trying to find answers. Both explains why the Dis-mountable Housing is first targeting new comers and Aurovilians who have the ability to fund the construction of their own house while staying in a "transit housing area". Dorle also inform on the forecast cost for family, couple or single units as of today. Read more

Monday, 18 April 2011
(City Life)
The Small De-Mountable House
Aurovilian Johnny, Australian born, a man who is the quintessence of an Aurovilian; he lives simply, happily, he works/teaches simply because he is. Johnny reveals that he has always been fascinated with small spaces and the science of building.  As a student of Buckminster Fuller (who was not in fact an architect) Johnny took it to heart that 'man is a problem-solving device,' and imbibed Bucky's geometric insights. From all this comes the small de-mountable house, an optimal house for this climate, states Johnny. A de-mountable house is not a new concept by any means; in 1945 it was available in the West: ordered by mail and delivered by helicopter. Read more

Thursday, 14 April 2011
Practical Changes
Today's news brings some important information on changes that are going to be made to improve the virtual life of the aurovilians. Starting with email, auronet announces the next steps to the Google Migration. From telephone service the effort on creating more effectiveness and a more clean environment with the paperless bills. If you are looking for some activities to get engaged, Social Homecare Service is looking for caregivers. For those who want to become aurovilians: next week we have the Orientation Week. And tomorrow: Buddha Garden open house! All are welcome Read more

Wednesday, 09 March 2011
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