The Story of Last Saturday…

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Morning: Hello all! Today is a good day to say the least, positive vibes and a particularly reinforced drive towards the project. Yesterday, was the first day of using the new method of mixing cob using the JCB, as Toni, Jed and Rene, looked into other more efficient ways of mixing cob and producing a higher volume.… READ MORE...

Getting the mix right !

Cob is a mixture of sandy-sub soil, clay and straw. It is mixed by crushing the particles together by either dancing on it or using the head of a digger. Historically cob might have been mixed by farm animals who would walk up and down on the sand, clay and straw.… READ MORE...

The Cob Pits – ready to roll

After the success of the first Build Free day, the volunteers and the interns of SacredGroves became quite positive about the cob work. The idea of “EVERYONE CAN BUILD” had to be brought up at a large scale. Moreover, the sudden shortage of funds made it impractical to continue with the concreting going on for the 3 houses of the SacredGroves project.… READ MORE...

Humble Peter and his PVC Dome

Architects in Auroville believe in working together and encourage each and every idea to make the place better. Peter Matthias Anderschitz, an architect from Berlin who has been in Auroville since 1971 needed some help from the SacredGroves volunteers. A group of eight volunteers from SacredGroves were present at the Savitri Bhavan campus to help him to lift and align an 8 meters in diameter geodesic dome made up of PVC pipes.… READ MORE...

The Living Wall

What is the fastest way to build a wall with no skilled masons or labourers?

As is the case with most solutions at SacredGroves, this was also done by foraging through piles of demolition rubble for materials ideal to build a wall quickly.… READ MORE...