We are running out of time…but we don’t give up!
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!!!
The color is a way to transform a modest house into a rich home – Anupama Kundoo, Architect
Ploychromie in Architecture has always been one of the most controversial theme in the academic discussion. But in India, and likewise in many developing countries, there is nothing academic about it. Between discussions and color tests, today was the day of colors….
An affordable technic to develop a cost-effective construction system
Sand, cement bags, iron bars and steal mesh. Eleven specialized workers and seven designers. The first group are the ingredients to create ferrocement. The latter are developing together the project – from the process of design to the process of construction and vice-versa.
The first impact with the construction site in strong: the ability of the workers and the simplicity to deal with the material is really out of the everyday experience. From a the cast to the iron mesh bending process, everything is dealt with low-tech tools.
An affordable habitat for the human life,
an essential dwelling-unit prototype built in ferrocement
Start: 7th January
– wooden cast, in progress
Since several days, before the arrival of the workshop participants,
the local team of support lead by Anupama Kundoo
has been working on the technical aspect for the project realization….
-2 days to go,