05 Nov Comme-Ci Comme-Ça – The Auroville Project
Christoph Draeger & Heidrun Holzfeind
Founded in 1968 in South East India by Mirra Alfassa, Auroville was perceived as the city of the future – a new society thriving on new, spiritually guided principles. Christoph Draeger & Heidrun Holzfeind revisit the community to investigate the origins of the project and whether the people currently involved in it share the enthusiasm of its early days. With archival research observations and interviews with some of the 2000 people currently living in Auroville, they examine whether the standards of the the city of the future have been met, whether common ownership, life-long learning and research into the spiritual are still the basic principles guiding the community. But foremost there’s a clear focus on the architectural aspect in Draeger and Holzfeind’s book, which they display with photographs, archival blueprints and documents about the original city plans.