Detailed Development Plan Auroville
[This project was developed during my collaboration with Camilo José Cela University's Institute of Architecture and Luis Feduchi Architect in Madrid, Spain]
The city of Auroville was conceived with a utopian purpose: to realise human unity.
Located near Pondicherry -a former french colony- and founded in 1968 by The Mother -Shri Aurobindo’s spiritual heir-, this experimental city projected for 50.000 people was an opportunity to “question and re-configure the very nature of the city, and citizenship itself” (1).
Designed by architect Roger Anger, whose projects in France had been evolving towards a combination of futuristic iconic urbanism and mega-structures; Auroville being the ultimate expression of these concepts: a symbolic and plastic city plan and a proposal for mass-housing -the Lines of Force, buildings that will allow the city to acquire a high density, while maintaining 50% of green areas.
Today, Auroville’s 2000 inhabitants are far from becoming the envisioned cultural utopia, their focus instead “shifting to larger ecological narratives” (1).
Auroville Residential Sectors 1&2 in 2015. Though an estimated population of 5000 people should live in these sectors, only 500 people live there. (2)
The need for further and detailed guidance towards development has resulted in to the Detail Development Plan for Residential Zones 1 & 2.
The Plan sets a series of connected strategies for the gradual growth of the population and the built environment in the area. It sets the final targets, however, is designed for gradual and incremental development, taking into consideration the current on-site reality.
Proposal of growth for Residential Sectors 1&2 to achieve the projected 5000 residents. (2)
Primary objectives of the proposed strategies include:
- Setting a framework for diversity in densities, housing typologies and the heights of the built fabric.
- Safeguarding establishment of a walkable, well-connected, mixed-use public realm.
- Ensuring the presence of generally accessible green space constituting 50% of the sectors’ area.
(1) Peter Scriver and Amit Srivastava, “Building Utopia: Auroville, five decades on”, The Architectural Review.
(2) Detail Development Plan for Auroville, Sectors 1 & 2. 2016