Day 13 – Back to the…roof!


We are running out of time…but we don’t give up!


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DCIM109GOPROG0379507.Today was intense: once arrived back in Auroville we discovered that our model was destroyed by the spirits…or by the Pongal…we don’t know. Anyway we are going to do it in wood now, thanks to the help of Riccardo, and Argentinian man with an incredible story that runs the Auroville wood workshop, and kindly offered us his support and help.

The discussion about the roof becomes definitive today: the ferrocement  need the curing time of a week, and we are running out of time. That’s why today we got to the definitive decision for the roof design (thanks to a lot of models!) and we agreed to  a plan of construction. Once the pieces are finished we will transport everything to the Midas Campus, where our prototype will be exhibit in front of the main conference hall of the NASA Convention 2015, one of the major architecture annual events in India – that this year got to the 57th edition-  with a forecasted participation of 7000 people.

The idea is that the construction will be a on going process, involving the volunteers from the Midas University, with build up od the roof main beam and of the roof channels as final live-performance event….We are looking forward to it!!!

Day 6 _The House


from 1:10 to full scale


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Today we are dealing with one of the fundamental constructive-problem of the prototype: how to join the elements and fix them together. Basic but not so easy…The discussion with the engineer V. RangaRao – in connection by phone form more than 500km away – was really intense: he is suggesting to use metal bolds as connectors, and even hard plastic as spacers. The “original idea” is to avoid this kind of expensive solutions….so we will have to invent something different! RanaRao suggested also a new solution to optimize the roof structure, so we are also dealing with the effect that the new roof would have on the interior space.

In the while we have finished the model base and got the first impressions of the interior form the 1:10 scale model. The new idea that came up is to build in ferrocement as many components of the house as possible: from the door to the furniture . It seems we are going to have some extra-fun with it!!!!