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A Proposal for IIT Roorkee Auroville - The City the Earth Needs Auroville based 6day Holistic Sustainability

Learning Programme Involving exposure to all integrated aspects of making of an Inclusive Society & finding out what makes it a worldwide leading example of Applied Research in Sustainable Campus Planning, Technologies & Integral Living
Proposal by Lalit Kishor Bhati, Architect-Urban Planner, Coordinator Auroville Integral Sustainability Institute Email: lalit@auroville.org.in, Auroville web site: www.auroville.org Phone - Mobile +91-94437-90172, Res: +91-413-2623633

Similar programme has been experienced by many students from different institutions in India & abroad in recent. For reference purposes, full details of the programme and photo album of all visits and learning activities can be seen at 'Holistic Sustainability Programme' for CEPT Planning (UG) Students, December 2012, Auroville Present times require to develop & instill very comprehensive & inclusive understanding of Integral Sustainability. It requires a fine balance & lots of in-depth preparation to develop sound understanding of fundamentals of involved subjects and issues as well as keeping oneself updated with emerging aspects & related issues. Sustainability in this context could broadly be described one such very important and relevant area of integral study which is fast becoming mainstream both in academic arena as well as in practice within India and elsewhere in the world. While different institutions in India are attempting to impart education in Sustainability & its involved themes & issues, it is still in very initial stage and there is vast scope & need to build a more inclusive and appropriate understanding of this topic among the students while in college so that after their study years they are well equipped with understanding of essence of sustainability, its components, tools, process and techniques & ready to play the key role of creative integrator & thus making significant and meaningful contribution to society via their varied forms of works & derive creative satisfaction. In this context, Auroville comes across as a lighthouse of integrated learning of Integrated Sustainability & Holistic development with a vision & goal of creation of Inclusive Society. Students and researchers from India and all over the world have been coming to Auroville to get firsthand experience of variety of experiments in order to take their understanding to another level. This proposal is a special effort to further strengthen the already and informally existing learning opportunities in some better defined & facilitated way via some of the below mentioned options and learning possibilities. Programme Objective To provide a stimulating learning opportunity & environment for students in Aurovilles creative & interdisciplinary atmosphere in order to enhance the comprehensive learning possibilities of participants at both macro & micro levels within the interconnected & wider domain of Integral Sustainability. What this designed programme is envisioned to contribute to ones learning in holistic manner 1. Awareness about self & exploration of how does one learn? 2. Awareness about living environment & role of self; as individual & professional in society & changing times. 3. Act as a Refreshing, re-orientation, stress free & open minded learning experience which can help bring much needed enthusiasm, focus & sustained interest & energy to design & follow ones own paths ahead. 4. To have firsthand & direct opportunity to learn from live case study to understand the Integral living experiment of Auroville which is world over regarded as very inspiring, functioning, creative & full of learning potential of interdisciplinary research and leading sustainable practices.

5. To experience one of the most special & highly successful example of ecological & environmental oriented developments & careful use & re-use of natural & other resources 6. To study & visit some of the leading examples & experiments in Sustainable Architecture & Planning & getting a chance to explore developing holistic perspective towards Integrated Sustainable Design & Development from a deeper & more truer perspective rather to be guided by superficial & fashionable use of fragmented understanding of word Sustainability. Very important for young students to have appropriate orientation of Integral Sustainability at early stage in their academic carrier. 7. To have an orientation & vision of an Inclusive Society & Sustainable Campus in 21st Century so that its components, scale and links of Sustainability are explored & understood in an all-round, interconnected & comprehensive manner & are not getting limited to narrow approach to the subject as is the case most often now a days. 8. Via hands on & solution finding workshops, exploring & learning about the importance & tools for successful collaborative team works, developing skill & capacity to deal with diverse perceptions & differing views with an aim to find a higher common synthesis. 9. Orientation about how emerging new age productivity tools via use of ICT (Information & Communication Technology) could assist one for better work output & organisational capacity. 10. Ultimately, to further enhance the sensitivity of young students towards Holistic Learning & giving them a subtle as well as energetic experience so that they can creatively and enthusiastically work towards Sustainable Living for all. 11. This programme via inspiring and thought provoking examples would certainly assist students positively to re-think & evaluate their approach towards their academic & professional carriers in positive manner & shape up their future directions in rapidly changing times. How is this learning exchange planned Presentations by Auroville resource persons who are engaged in wide ranging research & activities Site Visits to have firsthand experience & interaction to identified activities, buildings, communities Workshops of half to one full day duration on 1 or 2 topics to apply learnings from Auroville & environs Documentation of identified activities, areas, communities to understand how diversity & innovations has been shaping up in Auroville via growth of different communities, activities, services & infrastructure etc.

Visit to Pondicherry would also be arranged as a part of this programme.

A short note on Institute Coordinator Lalit Bhati, an Urban Planner from CEPT, has been living & taking active
part in Aurovilles planning & development activity since last 13 years and worked as a team member on formulation of Aurovilles Master Plan. He has been following his keen interest in the field of learning from Auroville via organizing various national & international learning programmes and students study visits to Auroville. He has taught short course on Planning and Design of Sustainable Cities at IIT Roorkee and conducted Holistic Sustainability Workshops in over 15 Architecture & Planning Institutes in India in last two years. He is actively engaged with academic and professional activities within India and abroad & recently acted as a Guest Editor of Research Journal The sustainability in Architecture and Infrastructure Development, June 2012 edition, Chandigarh College of Architecture. Presented Aurovilles case study in various national & international events, forums. Published an Article in Times of India (Chennai
edition) in June 2011 on Sustainable Campus Designs. Jury member during annual National Association of Students of Architecture, NASA India meet in 2009 & 2010. Designed and organised a 40 panel exhibition on Evolution of Planning in Auroville & Evolution of Cities in the world, in association with CEPT, Ahmedabad, Vastu Shilp Foundation & Artes, Chennai, Jan-April 2010.

This programme would be conducted under Auroville Integral Sustainability Institute which is an emerging sub-activity under PATH which is registered unit of Auroville Foundation. All related paperwork, financial transactions, invoices/ receipts would be issued by PATH, Auroville.
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IITRoorkeeSummerSchool2014:AurovilleHolisticSustainabilityLearningProgramme
6daysAurovillebasedinterdisciplinaryprogrammeforinspirationalinsightsintoinnovativepractices Whatwouldyoulearnabout &experimentswithinthewiderareasofSustainability,IntegratedCampusPlanning&IntegralLiving
Any settlement essentially acts as a platform for the holistic growth of its population by providing supporting amenities and livable environment aiming a healthy life & in the process creates its cultural identity & facilitating governancesystem. Human mind is more attuned to grasp the complexities of a phenomenon if learning takes places in an environment which could be perceived as an integrated living & working model in holistic manner. A pioneering society likeAurovillefacilitatesthislearning. Auroville,establishedin1968,isaUniversalTownshipnear Pondicherry, South India. Aurovilles ideals, innovative approaches & experiments in various fields of life have earned it a name synonymous to sustainable community living. It was completely barren land that has been transformed into a lush green forest within a small period of 20 years thus recharging the ground water table and creating a habitable environment for all. Presently, there are2500personsfrom45nationalitieslivingthere. SustainabilityEducationisemergingasakeyarea&there are not many holistic examples which could successfully sensitise about wider aspects of Sustainability. Auroville offersunparalleledopportunitytogetareallifeglimpsevia itsactivities,researchandexperiments.
Ideals, Values & driving force of this emerging &inspiringSustainableSociety? IntegratedPlanning&SustainableDevelopment Ecological&EnvironmentalDevelopment QuestforselfsufficiencyinWater&Energy ExperimentsinArchitecture&Design CommunityParticipation&SelfGovernance PracticesofSustainableTechnologies Questforlocal&healthyfoodproduction ExperimentsinAlternativeEducation Howeconomy&itsoutreachworks Vibrantartsandculturalaspects Ongoingappliedresearchinvariousareas All above & much more via presentations, site visits,interactions&workshop. Joinforarefreshing&inspiringlearning!

ProposedforIITRoorkee DraftReference/IndicativeBudget(preparationdateApril2014) Dates&Days Arrival:4thMay(Sunday)1nightaccomodation ProgrammeDays:5thto9thMay(5days,MondaytoFriday)5nightaccomodation Addional/optionalDay10thMay(Saturday)forselfexploration,Pondicherryvisit&otheractivities1nightaccomodation Departure:11thMay(Sunday) TotalAccomodationdays7(roomsneededfor7nights) ProposednumberofParticipants(Students) ProposednumberofParticipants(Faculty) DurationTotaldays Sl Description A ActualExpensesBased(Indicativecostsonly) 1 ChennaitoAuroville&Return(AssumingChennaias arrival/departureplace) 2 2 10000 40000 2vans(25seatcapacityeach)NonAC.BothArrival& DepartureTrips Day 50 Students 2 Faculty 7 Days Nos UnitRate Amount Remarks

2 AccomodationinAuroville(Students)NonAC

50

900

Shared(24personsin1room,attachedandcommon 315000 toilets).IncludingfoodcostsatGuestHouse.Avgper personcost. 25200 withattachedtoilets 39000 ForvisitsinsideandaroundAuroville(1buswith50seat capacity)orelse2busesbutwithhighercosts

3 AccomodationinAuroville(Faculty)AC 4 LocalBusRental(NonAC) 5 WorkshopATB(AwarenessThroughBody) 6 Special/extraLunchinAuroville(Indicativeaproxcost) asperactual l

7 6 1 2 5

2 1 50 52 52

1800 6500 500 200 35

25000 Specialworkshoponselfawareness 20800 PricementionedforveglunchatSolarKitchenagood place l tovisit i i &experience i community i di dining i

7 Tea&snacks(asperactual) SubTotal(A) B ProgrammeOrganisationRelated ProgrammeFormulation,preparation&delivarycost HonarariumpayementtoResourcePersons(aprx1215 8 nos),supportteam,Sitevisits,Presentationhall& equipmentrental&accompaniedguidanceforall programmedays. 9 Misc/contengencies(lumpsum)/roundoff SubTotal(B) GrandTotal PerPersonCostPerday(Oveall)

9100 Mostlyasteabreakduringpresentations 474100

355000

355000 Overallprogrammeorganisationcost.

6400

5000 Asreserveforunforseenexpesnses/asperactual 360000

Rs RS

834100 2383 basedon50partipants&7days(asmentioned)

Note Thisisonlyanindicativereferencebudgetwhichneedstobefinalisedafterinputs(onspecificrequiementsetc)fromconcernedpersonsfromvistinggroup side.Crosscheckingoflatest&finalamounts/rateswouldalsobedoneincomingdaysatAurovilleend&updated.

2 Costofpick&dropvisitsfromChennaiisdependentonhiredbuses&itmaybeincreasedduetodeiselpricehikeorothersuchexternalfactors Asinformedearlier,roomsatCenterGuestHousearetentativelyblockedwhichneedstobeconfirmedsoon,preferablybefore10thApril,2014&this confirmationwouldneedsomeadvancedespositbefore15thApril,2014.Gennerallyitisequaltooneday'schargesforallbookedrooms.

4 ForSomeconfirmedbookings(bushire,conferencehalletc),anadvanceamountwouldberequiredwhichwouldbeinformedaftervisitconfirmation.

ProposedOverviewFrameworkfor'AurovilleHolisticSustainabilityLearningProgramme'
ProposedByLalitKishorBhati,ArchitectUrbanPlanner,email:lalit@auroville.org.inPhone:+919443790172
Workingtowardsproviding'HolisticLearningExperienceatAuroville'viafacilitatedEducationalVisitforstudents&Facultymembers SuitableforStudentsofgraduateandpostgraduateofvariedacademicbackgroundRequiredmodificationscanbemadetosuitparticulargroup'sneeds,dependingupon TheProgrammeisdesignedtosensitiseyoung&growingmindsbyproviding'Integrated&HolisticOverviewofaSustainableSociety'asthatremainsoneofthemain&subtlegoalsofmost ofustobepartof.SuchexposurecanhelpfurtherwideningtheirsensestodrawtheirownobservationsregardingwiderangingissuesofSustainability,Communitylife,Elementsof Harmoniousliving,ResponsibleandproactiveActions,QualityofService&muchmoreviathisfirsthandexperienceofavisionbased,innovative&inspiringwayoflifeinAuroville's.Intimes tocome,suchexperience,mayhelpthemshapetheirliveswellandbecatalytictoplaytheirtruerolesintheirliveswithhighersenseofpurposeandbeleadingagentsofchange&liveitas well.Asonecansee,itisaenvisionedasa'seedactivity'forfuture. FinallythereisahalfdayoverallIntegration'ideaworkshop'toprovidestudentsopportunitytoapplyallacquiredknowledge&insightsto'agivensituation'&comeupwithwideranging integratedideas,solutions,activities&enhancedawareness&participationstrategieswhichcanhopefullybetriedoutbythemintheirownschoolsandlivingneighbourhoodscontext.So thattheylearnhowtoapproachaproblemanditssolutionsandleadbyexamplesbyimplementinginnovative,inspiringandparticipatorysolutionsinsmallsteps...&derivehighersenseof purpose&joyoflearning! Tablebelowprovidesa'overviewframework'&indicativerangeofpossiblelearningactivities(viavisitsandworkshops).Asrequirementsvaryfromgrouptogroupandspecificlearning needs,thistablebelow,esp.starmarkingunderhandsonworkshopcolumn,istobetakenaspossibilityandnotconfirmedactivity. TypeofExposure/Learning CoreThemeAreas LearningObjectives SubThemeAreas (SpecificFieldsofLearning) Visit/Interaction GuidedExplanation Eachcreationhasitsownpurposeandto discoveritfullytorealiseone'sowntrueand fullpotentialisoneorthemostimportant purposesofourlives.Perhaps,Aurovillemay SelfAwarenessRelatedActivities helpopenuporfurtherstrengthensuchquests ofhigherpurposeoflife&itspath...tobe explored&discovered. Allhumanactivitiestakeplacewithinthe contextoflifesupportingecosystem,anin depthawarenessaboutinvolvedissuesisa mustnow.Tolearnabouthowthese environmentalactivitiesareinterlinked&how mannaturerelationshipshouldbefor harmonious&sustainableliving. GreenActivities OrganicFarming Forestry S il&W Soil Water t C Conservation ti Workshop Idea/Design Handson

Self

Environment

Averylargepartofworldenergygoesintothe SustainableArchitecture&Planning makingandfunctioningof'BuildingSector'& BuiltDevelopment&Sustainable henceSustainableArchitecture&Integrated Communities Technologies Planningareneedoftheday.Tolearnaboutit RenewableEnergy viasomeoftheinspiring&innovative examplesfromAuroville.

SupportServices/Facilities/ ManagementPractices

AllformsofHumanSocietiesortowns/citiesof MunicipalServices:WasteManagement, anysizeandscaleneedssomebasicsupporting Sports/AwarenessthroughBody servicesandfacilitiesanditalldependswhatis thevisionofaSociety.HowAuroville's ShoppingRequirement differentServicesfunctionandroletheyplayto supportcommunitylife.

Work&Education

Aurovilleisaplacewhereoneissupposedbe followingone'sownpathofselfdiscovery& purposeofeducationis'joyoflearning'& Workistrulymeantfor'selfexpression'.To learnabouthowallthisisbeingpracticedin Auroville&whattypeofexperiments& practicesaretakingplaceinanever evolutionarymanner... Itisnaturalforallofustoenvisiontoliveina harmonious&progressivesocietybutthere arenotmanylivingexampleofsuchvision. Auroville'sallroundholisticdevelopment& inclusiveapproachmakesitoneofthemost uniquelearningplacestoexperiencesuch developmentfirsthand&howcommunity's governance,participation&culturallifeis organised&muchmore...

InnovativeHandicraftbasedworks SociallyRelevantworkPractices Education/Creativefreeflowlearning Economy OutreachWorks Organisation Communication&Interaction ParticipatoryDecisionMaking&Conflict Resolution Arts&Culture CommunityLife

Society

OverallIntegration

Afteranallaroundintroductiontointerlinked componentsofa'SustainableSocietyin ki ' this thi session i is i d designed i dto t apply l all ll making', IdeasforPlanning&ManagingaSustainable acquiredinsightsinaWorkshoptocomeup School&Campus withideastomakeourimmediateliving contexts(Schools/campus/neighbourhoods) morelivable.

DraftDetailedProgrammeforIITRoorkee(AurovilleHolisticSustainabilityLearningProgramme) 410May,2014,Auroville
TheprogrammebelowistentativeoneandafterreceivinginputsfromIITRoorkeecounterpartsonthis,final&confirmedprogramme(withpresenter'sconsent&revisedschedule)wouldbeshared,1weekbeforetheactualstartof
Sl Date 1 Day0 2 3 4 Day 4May Sunday 9:00to10:00AM 10to10:30AM 10:30to11:30AM Time Session/Visit /Activity Arrival Session1 TeaBreak Session2 IntegratedWaterManagement WhatistheoverallconceptofIntegratedwatermanagement&Auroville'scase studyregdallwaterrelatedissues MMC Description Arrivalon4thMay,SundayatAuroville&IntroductoryTalk TheAurovilleExperienceanintroductiontoAurovilleandits aimsandeffortsforintegratingsustainabletechnologies LearningPotential Introductiontowholeprogramme&keypoints HowAuroville'sevolutionhasbeenshapedupbyexperimentationindifferent sustainableapproaches Resource Person Lalit Place Guest House MMC

5 6 7 Day1 5May Monday

11:30to12:30PM 1to2PM 2:15to3:30PM

Session3 Lunch Visit/Activity1

Understanding'EnergyinPlanning&Development'&itsroleand Energyiskeytoalldevelopments.Aninsightintoitsproduction,usage,renewable, challengesaspectsatmacro&microlevels importanceincreatinga'SustainableSociety' SolarKitchen speciallunchatRs200/perpersonadditional

MMC

Tounderstandaboutwastewatertreatmentsystems&Ferrocementconstruction. SiteVisit:CSRWWTP&FerrocementTechnology&VisittoEarth CSR&Earth TovisitEarthInstitute&getfamiliarwithearthconstructiontechnologiesandwide CSR Institute InstituteStaff rangingworksandexperiments SadhanaForestisoneofmajorsitesinAurovillewherelargevolunteerpopulation isengagedintolargescaleecorestorationworks,organicfarming,community Aviram& living,ecologicalsanitation,renewableenergyuse,lowcost&localmaterialbased Team shelters&manyotherinnovative&integratedsustainablepractices.

4to6:30PM

Visit/Activity2

SadhanaForest

Sadhana Forest

9to10AM

Session4

ParticipatoryWorking&Planning:Auroville'sefforts& Experimentsacasestudyof' Dreamcatchers'

Dreamcathersisthenamegiventoonevolentarygroupwhichmetperiodicallyto discussandcomeupwithplanning&designproposalinveryopen,freeflowing& participatorymanner&isregardedveryspecialexperimenttowards'participatory planning'

MMC

10 11

10to10:30AM 10:30to11:30AM

TeaBreak Session5 LandscapingApproach,Design&ImplementationofMatrimandir MatrimandirGardendesignsandimplementationprocessisaverycreative& Gardens resourceefficientoriented. TogetanoverviewaboutAuroville'splanning&Development&variousrelated Auroville'sPlanning&Development:Origins,evolution,Issuesand aspectscoveringlifeinthissocietyinthemaking&howallthisrelatestoplanning Challenges &viceversa. CenterGuestHouse SitevisittoInternationalHouse Veryinterestingexampleofintegratedsustainabletechnologiesandveryinnovative Manu useofrecycledmaterial toseethedevelopmentinIndian&TibetanPavilionwithintheInternationalZone ofAuroville.Aninspiringclusterofbuildingsandspaceswhichhasbeenserving variousculturalandotherneedsofcommunityfromlongtime.

MMC MMC

12 13 14 Day2 6May Tuesday

11:30to12:30PM 12:30to2PM 2:15to4:00PM

Session6 Lunchat Visit/Activity3

Lalit

MMC

Internati onal House Bharat Nivas

15

4to5PM

Visit/Activity4

SiteVisittoBharatNivas&TibetanPavilion

Lalit

16 17

5:15to6:15PM 5:30PMonwards

Visit/Activity5 Freetime

SitevisittoSavitriBhavan

SavitriBhavan Averygoodexampleofbuiltenvironment&Architecture(aninstitutionalbuilding) Savitri Team onCrownpartinInternationalZoneofAuroville. Bhavan Members

18

9to10AM

Session7

WasteManagement

SolidWasteMangementinoneofthemostchallengingaspectsofurban/ municipalserviceswithnoeasysolutionsathand&graveenvironmental consequences.LearnabouthowAurovilleistryingtodealwiththis?

MMC

19 20 Day3 21 7May Wednesday

10to10:30AM 10:30to11:30AM

TeaBreak Session8 LifeChoiceArchitecture Howvariousaspectsoflifeareconstantlychangingandwhatistheirlikelyimpact onknowledgeandpracticeofArchitectureinpresent&comingtimes Whataretheissueswhichanydevelopmentisfacingtodayandwhatafuture professionalneedstobeskilledaboutinordertodealwithaspectsofsustainability (social,enviromental&economical)inanintegralmanner. Learningaboutorganicfarming(partoffoodsecurity&urbanfarming)special lunchRs275/perpersonadditional ForadialougeonAurovilleEducationanditsexperiments Lalit Nandana mKG MMC

11:30to12:30PM

Session9

IntegralDevelopment'anInterdesciinaryDialougeSession

MMC

22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Day4

1to3PM 3:30to4:30PM 6:30PMonwards 9to10AM 10to10:30AM 10:30to11:30AM 11:30to12:30PM 12:30to2PM

Lunchat Visit/Activity7 Freetime Session10 TeaBreak Session11 Session12 Lunchat

SolitudeFarm(OrganicFood)Lunch&SiteVisit SiteVisittoNandanamKindergarten(AurovilleEducation)

RoleofCommunication,ICT,Participation&DecisionMakingin Planning&Development(doublesession)

Intoday'schangingworld,ICTisplayingmajorrole&aplannershouldhaveagood ideaaboutitsfeatures,role&emergingtrends

MMC MMC

EarthConstructionTechnologies CommunitySocialLifeinteractions,Arts,Communication, Economics... CenterGuestHouse

Toknowabouthowandwhatwiderangeofworkshasbeencarriedoutinearth constructiontechnologiesinAuroville&elsewehere Toknowabouthowthesociallifeanditsvariouscomponentsarebeingorganisaed inAuroville

MMC MMC

8May Thursday

30

2:15to5:15PM

Workshop

ShortWorkshopon'SustainableCampus'

BasedonlearningsfromAuroville,participants,inteams,wouldbeworkingon goals,objectives,resaerchareas&interlinkagesofa'proposedsiteforSustainable Lalit+1 Campus'&prepareflowchartswithkeypointsoutcometobepresentednextday byeachteam.Itwouldbeamacrolevel

Town HallCaf /Unity Pavilion

31 32 33 34 35 36 Day5 9May Friday

6:15PMonwards 9to10AM 10to10:30AM 10:30to11:30AM 11:30to12:30PM 12:30to2PM 2:15to5:30PM

Freetime Workshop TeaBreak Workshop Session13END Lunchat

Tocontinuedworkingonworkshopatplaceofstay WorkshopPresentations23groups WorkshopPresentations23groups SummingupSessionofoverallAurovilleProgramme CenterGuestHouse Differentteamswouldgoaroundtoidentifiedplacesfordocumentationofvarious aspectsofaplace/activity&thisdocumentationistobecompletedinreportform while back at IIT Roorkee Lalit&IITR Faculty MMC MMC MMC

Documentation1 Community/AreaDocumentationStudiesinGroups freetime Freetime

37 38 39 40 41 42 10May Saturday 11May Sunday

5:30PMonwards 9AMto12PM 12:30to2PM PostLunch

Documentation2 Community/AreaDocumentationStudiesinGroups Lunchat CenterGuestHouse VisittoPondicherry/FreeTime DeparturetoChennai/Roorkee Asperthedeparturetime

Day6

Day7

Departure