The SacredGroves Project

WHY?
There is an acute shortage of affordable housing in Auroville which deters many good people from joining the community. The SacredGroves project was conceived to alleviate this problem with the construction of 108 new homes for newcomers, Aurovilians and long-term volunteers, in a manner consistent with the Mother’s vision for Auroville.

HOW?
The project is designed to be a model of ecological community living using ecologically sensitive construction methods. We hope this model can be replicated in high density urban areas in India and elsewhere.

Ecological community living

Many of the problems of earth, soul and society are caused by the high-earning, high-pressure, high-carbon individualistic urban lifestyle that so many people lead. Instead, we offer the opportunity for a simpler, more self-sufficient yet inter-dependant and ecological way of living that allows more time for family, community and the nourishment of the soul.

We aim to achieve this by providing low-cost, low-maintenance, off-grid ecological housing incorporating the following elements –

•    Energy self-sufficiency using solar, wind, pumped storage and bio-mass systems.
•    Water self-sufficiency from rainwater and grey-water harvesting.
•    Some food self-sufficiency from the provision of organic vegetable gardens for each house.
•    Preservation of forest areas – the sacred groves.
•    Thick walls and passive cooling system negate the need for AC and even fans.
•    Composting toilets.
•    Shared spaces and utilities to encourage community activities and interdependence.

Ecological construction

The construction industry in India is responsible for huge ecological problems. Illegal mining and quarrying are destroying vast areas of forests and hills. The indiscriminate dumping of construction and demolition (C&D) waste into wetland areas surrounding our cities results in the drying up of essential water bodies and aquifers. The dredging of sand from rivers alters their flow and adversely affects aquatic life.

The SacredGroves project offers an alternative model of construction by using the following elements –

  • Re-using waste building rubble (from various Auroville and Pondicherry sites including the  Matrimandir) to construct houses made of earth concrete  – a much less cement-intensive building material.
  • Re-cycling wood from packing crates.
  • Re-using discarded petrol pump pipes for shuttering.
  • Re-using tetrapak cartons to make innovative furniture.
  • Being mindful of our own construction waste by re-using, re-cycling and composting as much as possible.
  • Being mindful of our own use of scarce resources like energy and water.

 

 

33 thoughts on “The SacredGroves Project

  1. vikas vickers

    I want to send you a hard copy of the AVI UK Newsletter which features an article about Sacred Groves. Please give me a contact name and postal address.
    Thanks,
    vikas

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    1. Sherin Michael

      Thank you for consideration.
      NAME : Sherin michael
      ADDRESS : 50 bharathi nagar,4th cross,puthur.trichy 620017

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  2. Karunya.s

    Thank you for the reply. I agree to the conditions of work at the firm and would love to contribute my best efforts towards it.

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  3. TARANA CHORDIA

    Respected Sir / Ma’am,
    My name is Tarana Chordia. I am currently pursuing my B.Arch (6th Semester) at MEASI Academy of Architecture, Chennai.
    I would like to apply for the position of an Intern at Sacred Groves between July and December, 2016.
    Among many other things, I believe that the distinguished method and the sustainable, economical standards of work practiced at your firm is what sets it apart from all others. I assure tho contribute to the best of my abilities.
    I appreciate you taking the time to consider my application. Please feel free to reach me for any further information.

    Issuu link to view my Portfolio in High Quality :
    https://issuu.com/taranachordia/docs/internship_portolio_2016_-_hq/1
    I look forward to an opportunity to work with you.
    Thank you

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  4. SHRUTI.S.PATIL

    It’s a commendable approach towards serving a society like auroville neighborhood. It always been my dream to work in such a firm, where I get an opportunity to serve a society wholeheartedly.

    Thanks for your sincerely reply. I agree to the terms and conditions of the firm n would like to contribute to the best of my knowledge.

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  5. Akshatha Bhaskar

    I wholeheartedly thank you and your team for the reply.. It would be a great experience for me to work in your team which once was my dream.
    I officially accept to the terms and conditions of the firm and here by confirm my reply.
    Thank you

    Reply
  6. sabharish

    Thanks for your reply.I accept the terms and conditions of the firm.I would like to contribute the best of my abilities to work.I thought such as the works accordingly in your firm.I will happy to get an opportunity.

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  7. Aishwarya Pradhan

    Thanks for your reply to my application, I readily accept the terms and work structure regarding internship (Nov 2016 – April 2017).

    However I have one doubt, does your internship programme agree with the new conditions laid out by the Council of Architecture for 4th year B.Arch. internship? While this does not deter my interest in working at Sacred Groves, if the internship is not recognised by the CoA it will be (sadly) necessary for me to look for another place to intern at so that I may pass the 8th semester.

    Thanks again, waiting for a response.

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  8. Greeshma Gireesh

    Thanks for the reply to my application. I am so glad to join sacred groves as intern. Kindly concern my request.

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  9. N. Swathi

    Thank you for the reply and your valuable time. It’s my immense pleasure to do my internship at Sacred Groves and would like to gain knowledge, explore and contribute my efforts to the best. I accept with the terms and conditions of Sacred Groves. Eagerly waiting to be a part of the team.

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  10. Aditya Pise

    I wholeheartedly thank you for the reply. It will be a great experience for me to do my internship in your firm n i’ll contribute the best of my abilities to work.
    I accept the terms and conditions of the firm.
    Thank you.

    Reply
  11. Dnyaneshwari Mete

    Thank you so much for giving an opportunity to work with your renowned firm. I accept the terms and conditions and contribute my best .

    Reply
  12. Ishwar Sharma

    Thank you so much for replying .I agree to the terms and conditions… I would love to work on field projects and structures…
    ISHWAR SHARMA B.arch IV year jagannath university .JAIPUR

    Reply
  13. Dhanush raj

    Thank you for given me an opportunity. I will be faithful and sincere in my work and I accept the terms and conditions of your firm

    Reply
  14. Said Manisha madhav

    I accept the terms and conditions of the firm. I am eager to learn the sustainabile and economical methods of constructions practice by sacred grooves.
    I believe that we must give back to the society what we have taken from it and that can be done well with a sustainable approach.
    It will be great experience for me to work with the sacred grooves and contribute to the society
    Waiting for your response.
    Thanking you.

    Reply
  15. ADHISHI SHARMA

    We (Adhishi Sharma, Chirag jain and Shivam Jangid) do agree with the above mentioned T&C . It will be a wonderful experience to work with you and in an environment which is so close to nature. Hoping to have an amazing internship where we’ll get to learn a lot and intake all the possible things which will definitely be helpful in our field as well as throughout our life.

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  16. Chirag Jain

    I chirag jain have not seen a firm with such a work structure . I will find myself obliged to get an oppurnity to work with scared groves. It was my dream to be a part of an organisation that is so willingly working for society

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  17. Shivam Jangid

    Thank you so much for replying .I agree to the terms and conditions… I would love to work in
    ” Scared Groves”..
    thank you

    Reply
  18. Adwait Jadhav

    Thank You, for considering my application. I accept the terms and conditions of the firm and am eager for the learning experience which Sacred Groves offers. I believe that it is this approach to sustainable building which is the basis for the future of the planet as a whole and I will be grateful to be a part of this initiative.
    Awaiting Your Response,
    Thank You.

    Reply
  19. Ankita Thatte

    I wholeheartedly thank you and your team for the reply.. It would be a great experience for me to work in your team.
    I officially accept to the terms and conditions of the firm and here by confirm my reply.
    Thank you

    Reply
  20. Mithila Mohan

    Thank You, for considering my application. I accept the terms and conditions of the firm and I am eager to learn the experience which Sacred Groves offer. Also, Sacred groves is having an interesting architectural research and experimentation in the use of building materials, sustainable building technologies. and I will be grateful to be a part of an organization that is so willingly working for society.
    Awaiting Your Response,
    Thank You.

    Reply
  21. Adarsh Chandran

    Thank you for your reply. I’m really looking forward to learning your ways of life .I whole heartedly agree to the terms and conditions and would be really honoured to work with your organization.

    Keenly waiting for your response.

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  22. Priyanka Podiyan

    Thank you for considering my application. My name is Priyanka Podiyan currently pursuing sixth semester in bachelor of Architecture. I am keen in joining sacred groves as an architectural intern for six months. My aim through this internship is to develop practical knowledge in the field of architecture. My interest various from visiting construction sites and learning about the construction techniques. In this current scenario the construction world has been polluting our environment through various aspects, as a result the ecological balance is slowly turning into an unbalanced situation. Nature is our gift we should preserve it. Sustainable materials and cost effective techniques could lead us to a secure future with the capability of merging nature within our construction. I promote and believe in the idea that nature has provided everything for all living beings to live in, we just have to use it wisely. The ideas that sacred groves promote would help me to develop my perspective towards architecture. I assure you that i would work whole heartedly without any hesitation and consider every work given by the architect to be a part of improving my skills.

    Looking forward to a be a part of your team

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  23. Abinaya Thamilarasan

    Respected sir/ma’am,
    Thank you very much for the reply. I would herein like to confirm that I have read through the documents and would gladly comply and abide by its terms and conditions.

    I would also like to add that, it got me a clearer picture, and increasingly interested in all that sacred groves is. I see it be an ethereal community, true to its motto, to its people in each and every sense. I admire the model, for the way it takes both the affordability factor and sustainability factor, to build houses which sensitise and integrate with nature, harnessing its power but minimising the waste generated and overcomes the imposition of huge financial load on the user. To which I, totally agree as this often unattended or not-completely attended factor ends up consuming a huge portion of the user’s life, giving him strain and debts, raising the question, is that the home we want to build for him?

    I am and have always been interested in hand on work, as it gets one closer to the Nature, Materials and techniques of building, I think sacred groves has gone one step ahead further by integrating each individuals mind, body and soul into the process, being a harmonious group, hence building with love.

    I am very happy to have found a Realm for me to Resonate with.
    It would truly be an enriching experience for me to be a part of the sacred groves. Given in, I would contribute my best to it each day, sharing the same joy and passion as yours.
    Thanking you,
    Abinaya Thamilarasan.

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  24. nidhi hegde

    Thank you for considering my application. i agree to the terms and conditions and am looking forward to have a whole new experience in sacred groves.
    awaiting your response.,
    thankyou

    Reply
  25. TEENA VARGHESE S

    Thank you so much for responding.I wholeheartedly agree to the terms and conditions and I will contribute the best of my abilities at your firm.

    Reply

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