Building with Lime

I was introduced to the concept of lime and cement by Manu at SacredGroves, Auroville.  We did our first experiment with the material last year. With the help of the local masons and my understanding from a workshop I attended in Chennai, we created some really good mixes for a tank plastering job at sacredgroves.... Continue Reading →

Our new home

Our first task and challenge at Sun farm was remodelling our room. The room had till now been used as a store room and was in quite a bad condition when we arrived here. We started in February and it took us over 30 days, lots of walking in the mountains and some crazy engineering... Continue Reading →

SacredGroves – A dream community

Angelica joined SacredGroves in Auroville in January of 2014 to practice architecture beyond a computer screen. She came back to Auroville because it seemed like home, it is a crazy place with an ability to attract crazy people. I joined SacredGroves in April 2014 to move away from the noise and find some quiet to... Continue Reading →


Nearly 30,000 years into being a civilsation, and we are still plagued by the same challenges everyday. While some of us look up and wonder about our place in the stars, some of us are still struggling to find our place on this planet and trying to re-invent the meaning of our being, our source... Continue Reading →

Open Island

The seeds of the open island initiative were sown in the year 2000 when Joy Lohmann made a floating social art installation at the world fair EXPO2000 in Hannover, Germany. As an artist, designer and maker, Joy has since then created several public artworks, social sculptures and floating islands to raise awareness on climate change issues... Continue Reading →

Open Island Ahmedabad 2015

In January of 2015, we teamed up with the Open Island India team (Deepak and Vinesh), National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation to create the first open island in Ahmedabad. It was a great experience for us, the students of NID, the faculty and the... Continue Reading →

Open Island Goa 2014

In February of 2014, my friend Deepak Pathania invited me to join him for the Open Island Project in Goa. Concerned by the rising of sea-water level, the personal fate and global impact of millions of refugees, we built an artificial islands for the regions in urgent need. Asap-island is a test-ground for such constructions and applied technical solutions;... Continue Reading →

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