Auroville Student Practicum - Architecture


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Auroville Student Practicum - Architecture

  1. 1. www.agpworkshops.comSTUDENT PRACTICUM(Organised on request)Custom Programmes for Architecture Students
  2. 2. Auroville Green Practices Student Practicum is a comprehensivelearning program for architecture students with a focus on integratedsustainable solutions for human habitats. Participants will get a richand diverse exposure to various design approaches from all over theworld. Our customized programmes offer a good mix of theory andpractice to sustainable building and living practices. Auroville, agrowing international township near Puducherry on the CoromandelCoast in India, is an inspiring model for sustainable development.Over the years, Auroville has won international acclaim for its effortsin social and environmental sustainability. Auroville’s ongoing appliedresearch in environmentally sound practices and its geographicalcompactness make it a perfect learning environment for out-of-the-box
  3. 3. WorkshopsDEMOUNTABLE HOUSE BUILDINGThe Demountable building workshop includes aseries of hands-on design & build sessions withthe participating students. A building will be builtwith a mix of modern and traditional materialsusing the Intermediate Technology developed atthe International House by EartHauz-CSR. Stu-dents will be guided through the conceptualfeatures behind the design and will work on theactual construction of the structure. The educa-tional paradigm of the workshop would be activeexploration, exposure and learning by doing. Itprovides an opportunity for collective learning ofdesign & building techniques.Facilitator:EartHauz Architecture & Design was established in2004 by Manu Gopalan. It is located at the Interna-tional House in Auroville. The current focus of the firmis to develop Intermediate Technology in constructionusing 100% natural & recycled materials, participatorydesign and self-help construction. EartHauz is com-mitted to the conception and construction of builtenvironment that is essentially ecological, site specific,climatically responsive and respecting vernaculartraditions.”Facilitator:Auroville Bamboo Research Centre was established inFebruary 2007, with the aim to merge Indian tradi-tional craft with contemporary design. It is focused onproduction and marketing of Bamboo craft for incomegeneration and building stronger communities forsustainable living.BAMBOO DESIGNThis workshop offers design & build sessions withbamboo as material for participating students.The focus of the workshop can either be onbamboo interior design or working on a smallbamboo structure. Students will come up andimplement their own design concept under theguidance of facilitators. The take-away is an intro-duction into bamboo as building material, treat-ment methods and a training in basic skills ofworking with bamboo.www.agpworkshops.comWORKSHOPS
  4. 4. MINI WIND TURBINE INSTALLATION URBAN FURNITURE DESIGNThis is a hands-on workshop with an organizationcalled MinVayu. The Wind Turbines produced byMinVayu are especially designed to operateefficiently in the lower wind-speed ranges. Partici-pants will learn how to assemble, install and put inoperation a small wind turbine that can be usedfor homes and small businesses to becomeenergy independent or grid-tied. There is no pre-vious experience necessary and all you needs is awillingness to learn about the process.Facilitator:Jorge Ayarza is an electrical engineer with 20 yearsof experience in design, construction and installationof small hydro and wind systems. His professionalexperience includes rural electrification projects andsmall wind turbine distributor development in LatinAmerica and USA. He has worked as the TechnicalAdvisor to the American Wind Energy Association,and worked with the UNDP in the largest rural elec-trification project in the world based in China. Jorgehas been living in Auroville since 2009 where he hasbeen working on a set of solutions to crack the smallwind affordability problem.Facilitator:Auroville Bamboo Research Centre was estab-lished in February 2007, with the aim to mergeIndian traditional craft with contemporary design.It is focused on production and marketing ofBamboo craft for income generation and buildingstronger communities for sustainable living.This workshop will focus on the design thinkingbehind urban furniture and the building of simpleurban furniture such as cycle sheds, bus shelters,resting places, waste collection stations, sittingand resting places. The furniture will be built witha mix of modern and traditional materials such asbamboo, ferrocement and steel. This workshopsprovides an opportunity to explore the impor-tance of urban furniture for urban spaces and willexpose students to a high degree of team work.www.agpworkshops.comWORKSHOPS
  5. 5. www.agpworkshops.comEARTH ARCHITECTURE FORSUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTThe course contains an introduction sessionabout earth architecture and the diversity anduniversality of its global application. Participantswill learn about particular earth techniques andbuilding with arches, vaults and domes and willget hands-on experience in the production ofCompressed Stabilised Earth Blocks (CSEB).Facilitator:The Auroville Earth Institute is researching, developing,promoting and transferring earth-based technologies,which are cost and energy effective. These technolo-gies are disseminated through training courses, semi-nars, workshops, manuals and documents. The mostpromoted technology today is CSEB.WORKSHOPS
  6. 6. www.agpworkshops.comSITE VISITSSOLAR PASSIVE ARCHITECTURE“Technology based sustainability” as solutions forthe issues and problems that arise out of the fossilfuel use has serious limitation especially for devel-oping countries like India with its fast growingpopulation and depleted ecological services.“Solar passive” or “passive design” is a “designbased sustainability” that works within the naturalsystems of the place. From watershed andcontour-based site planning to intelligent enve-lope design for climatic comfort saving on theoperational energy inputs. It is also a system ofadaptive design with active participation from theend user including life style changes to worktowards reducing the negative impact of urbandevelopment on nature.Facilitator:Suhasini Ayer-Guigan has over 20 years of experiencein sustainable design, green building practices andplanning. She is the founder and principal architect ofthe Auroville Design Consultants. She is co-recipientof the Hassan Fathy Award for ‘Architecture for thePoor’ in 1992 and recipient of the Design Share Awardfor educational buildings in 2003 and 2005.CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURELUMINOSITYLuminosity is a rectangular block containingtwelve apartments and eleven office-studios. It isa collective project, which incorporates new ideasand technologies. The acoustic, climatic andenvironmental aspects of the project havestrongly influenced its design.Facilitator:David Nightingale studied architecture at NewcastleUniversity (UK) and the TU Darmstadt (Ger- many).He arrived in Auroville in 1997 and since then hasbeen involved in various architecture and planningprojects within Auroville including a learning centre,performing arts centre, a school and an apartmentcomplex. He is a core group member of The Dream-catchers, a forum for envisioning and participatorycity planning, and he is in the process of foundingAuroville Architectural Service Unit, a collective forarchitects to work together in Auroville.
  7. 7. www.agpworkshops.comSITE VISITSVERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE EARTH ARCHITECTUREVernacular Architecture uses locally available re-sources and building traditions that are suited forthe local climate conditions, and are culturally andenvironmentally appropriate. Structures rely onsimple and low-tech methods resulting in build-ings that are perfectly adapted to the building’susers and the building’s locale.Facilitator:Sreevatsa is the founder of Tapasya Design and iscurrently engaged in several projects incorporatinggreen practices. In his architectural projects Sreevatsais using locally available materials like earth, clay andPalmira wood.The basis for this apartment complex for about50 people is an extensive use of environmentallysound materials, appropriate building technolo-gies, (earth and ferrocement), and ecologicalwater management (watershed harvesting andbiological wastewater treatment).Facilitator:The Auroville Earth Institute is researching, develop-ing, promoting and transferring earth-based technolo-gies, which are cost and energy effective. These tech-nologies are disseminated through training courses,seminars, workshops, manuals and documents. Themost promoted technology today is CSEB.
  8. 8. www.agpworkshops.comDECENTRALISED WASTE WATERSYSTEMSSUSTAINABLE LIVINGVERITE COMMUNITYIntegrated Decentralized Wastewater TreatmentSystems are based on several natural physicaltreatment techniques, put together in differentcombinations according to the needs and thefinancial budgets of users. Natural effluent treat-ment processes are achieved through methodsthat make use of physical principles combinedwith biological activities of microorganisms.These systems do not use any chemical treat-ment process and can be beautifully integratedinto landscapes.Vérité Community is an intentional communitywithin the Auroville project. This is a communityestablished in 1985 with the aim of integratingenvironment and ecology in daily living. As aresult, the whole community of 8 acres is fullypowered by solar energy integrating a windmill,sustainable building techniques, biologicalwastewater treatment, rainwater harvesting andorganic farming.SITE VISITSFacilitator:Centre for Scientific Research (CSR) was founded in1984 with the aim to explore and develop sustainabletechnologies. CSR’s main work areas include renew-able energy systems, appropriate architecture & build-ing technologies, water and wastewater management.
  9. 9. www.agpworkshops.comGROWING PEOPLESADHANA FORESTECOLOGICAL RESTORATIONPICHANDIKULAM FORESTSadhana Forest started its ecological revival andsustainable living work on December 19th 2003.The vision of its founders, Yorit and Aviram Rozin,is to transform 70 acres of severely eroded, aridland on the outskirts of Auroville into a vibrant,indigenous Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF).In a spirit of human unity, the community attemptsto introduce a growing number of people to sus-tainable living. The main aim of this ecologicalproject is to support the local rural villages. Byretaining water and filling the aquifer, SadhanaForest allows the villagers to cultivate their foodand prevents exodus towards nearby city slums.Ecological restoration is the process of assistingthe recovery of an ecosystem that has been de-graded, damaged, or destroyed. It includes awide scope of projects including erosion control,reforestation, the uses of local native species andre-vegetation of disturbed areas. Pichandikulamis dedicated to the preservation and restoration ofthe Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest. It was estab-lished in 1973 as one of the pioneering Aurovillegreen belt communities engaged in the initialreforestation work that was necessary on the bareeroded township site. Since then the 70 acre sitehas been transformed into a complete ecosystemwith more than 800 species of plants.Facilitator:Aviram Rozin; After arriving from Israel, Aviramtogether with his wife Yorit and daughter Osherinitiated the Sadhana Forest project in 2003 andsettled on the land to build a community dedicated toplanting of trees. In a short period, Sadhana has devel-oped into a bustling eco-friendly settlement withthatched houses, wind pumps, solar powered LEDlighting, compost toilets and vegan kitchen withenergy efficient stoves.Facilitator:Joss grew up in the Australian state of Tasmania, aplace full of wild natural beauty. He came to Aurovillein 1970 after living in Europe and Africa. He joined theearly pioneering efforts in land restoration at Aurovilleand founded the Pichandikulam community. He alsofounded Pichandikulam Forest Consultants, a busi-ness unit to provide environmental restorationservices and is currently directing the restoration bio-diversity at Adayar Ponga in Chennai.SITE VISITS
  10. 10. www.agpworkshops.comMonday08:30 - 09:0009:30 - 10:3010:30 - 12:0012:30 - 13:3014:00 - 15:0015:30 - 16:3017:00 - 20:00Wednesday08:00 - 08:3009:00 – 12:0012:30 – 1:3014:00 – 17:3019:00Tuesday7:30 - 8:1508:30 - 12:0012:30 - 13:3014:00 - 17:0019:00Thursday7:30 - 8:1508:30 - 12:0012:30 - 13:3014:00 - 17:0019:00BreakfastIntroduction to AurovillePresentation: Auroville BuildingTechnologiesLunchSite Visit: Center for ScientificResearchSite Visit: Verite CommunitySite visit and Dinner: SadhanaForest – Ecological RestorationBreakfastGroup AIntroduction toEarth ArchitectureLunchIntroduction toEarth ArchitectureDinnerBreakfastGroup ADemountableHouse workshopLunchDemountableHouse workshopDinnerGroup BWorkshop: UrbanFurniture DesignWorkshop: UrbanFurniture DesignSCHEDULEGroup BWorkshop: UrbanFurniture DesignWorkshop: UrbanFurniture DesignBreakfastGroup ADemountableHouse workshopLunchDemountableHouse workshopDinnerGroup BWorkshop: UrbanFurniture DesignWorkshop: UrbanFurniture DesignFriday08:00 - 08:3009:00 – 12:0012:30 – 1:3014:00 – 17:3018:00 – 19:0019:00BreakfastGroup ADemountableHouse workshopLunchDemountableHouse workshopClosing SessionDinnerGroup BIntroduction toEarth architectureIntroduction toEarth architectureCONTACTMartin Scherfler,Auroville Green Practices/Auroville ConsultingSaraCon Campus, Kottakarai Plaza,Irumbai Post, Auroville 605111,Tamil Nadu.Tel: 0413 2622571Programmes will be designed and priced according toduration and learning objectives of the group. Werecommend a tentative 5-day programme which willinclude: boarding and lodging, transport withinAuroville, workshops, site visits, presentations andfacilitation for all activities, and all taxes. All meals arevegetarian. Alcohol is not permitted in Auroville guesthouses.BOOKING A PROGRAMME
  11. 11.“Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries areable to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and allnationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.”Auroville is an international community with over 2000 people from around 40different countries. Founded in 1968, Auroville is based on the vision of TheMother and is endorsed by UNESCO and the Government of India as an ongoingexperiment in human unity.Aurovillians are constantly experimenting with new ideas and solutions in areas ofeducation, arts & crafts, community building, new economy and sustainability.One of the unique aspects of research in Auroville is the fact that many ideas areput into practice. Over the years, Auroville has won international acclaim for itsefforts in social and environmental sustainability.Auroville is located 8km from Pondicherry, 3 hours drive from Chennai city/airport(150km) along the scenic East Coast Road (ECR) and 8 hours by an AC sleeperbus from Bangalore (350km).ABOUT AUROVILLEFor more details visit: