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Photographer:Tabitha | Stefanie Overbeck

Triple 3 or H3

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Within Summer School Program organized by Auroville Green Habitats (Auroville Consulting) Stefanie Overbeck, an architect started the first week of the school. With the participants, mostly Indian students of architecture , she has shared triple three or H3 methodology which was basically developed to link not just academic learning abut also wisdom space – from the Hands, to the Head and a Heart. Within interview Stefanie talks also about the complimentary currency or how to handle social exchanges within the community.

"The team of Auroville Green Practices (Martin, Manu, Shefali, Menaka and Balu) ‘did most of the work and such a great job in pulling everything together locally. thanks to them the workshop was possible, they designed the program according to local needs. The work was beutifuly done with and the entire team – it was a real pleasure to work with them "in a circle" they were great hosts for ideas and action! ‘I wished there would be more places like Auroville where we can live and work our ideas in an open minded way. Only in collaboration our work can grow and I think the 3H workshop in Auroville stands for that. …"”’ Stefanie

Stefanie B. Overbeck, Architect Stefanie studied and graduated from the Architectural Association in London. Her passion is architecture that is simple in its form and is in union with the environment. In 2003 she co-founded zo2 architecture in Switzerland. In practice her practice consciously applies a low-tech attitude in working with renewable and recycled materials, combined with a high-tech approach to building systems in order to improve performance and output. Stefanie has designed projects including the Swiss eco tower in the UAE, the first zero energy house transformation and the eco dreamhouse in French speaking Switzerland. All her designs perfectly encapsulate the fusion of modern living, design and ecology, pushing the limits of conventional modern architecture. In 2009 Stefanie started addressing the cross-section between sustainable economy and sustainable architecture. She believes that this unfashionable cross-section provides the missing ground to ensure economic prosperity and building within the resources of our planet. In her teaching Stefanie implements the gained scientific knowledge by on-the-ground workshops within her international academic network. She explore the term of sustainability and its real meaning in applied local practice, addressing the issue of overconsumption of natural resources beyond the capacity to regenerate. Her latest project in practice is the transformation of an old hotel complex into a milestone project of ecology and modern design in the swiss alps. In her teaching she started 2012 the lighthouse learning campus, which holds a framework for the global citizen of today and tomorrow who needs to understand the changing environment and the risks and opportunities they offer.

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