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Auroville Earth Institute

Auroville Earth Institute

To demonstrate that earth, as a building material, can be used to create modern, progressive, eco-friendly and safe habitats.

 

History and Today’s organization:

The Auroville Earth Institute (AVEI) was founded by Satprem Maïni with the support of HUDCO, Government of India, in 1989.

Over the last 25 years, AVEI has become one of the world’s top centres for excellence in earthen architecture, a leader in the research, development, promotion and transfer of earth-based building technologies. AVEI has worked in 36 countries to promote and disseminate knowledge in earth architecture, and has garnered thirteen awards for its work (two international awards and eleven national awards).

Since 1990, the Auroville Earth Institute has educated more than 10,000 people from many countries in sustainable building technologies and land management practices.

 

Global alliances:

The Auroville Earth Institute is the representative and resource centre for Asia of the UNESCO ChairEarthen Architecture, Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development”. The Auroville Earth Institute is part of a world network with CRATerre (The International Centre for Earth Construction, France) and a number of other Indian and worldwide NGO’s.

 

Vision & Mission:

The activities of the institute include research and development of earthen technologies, training and education, publication and dissemination, and the following services offered within India and abroad: conferences, consultancy, architectural design and construction, heritage conservation, production of materials, and quality control testing.

The mission of the Auroville Earth Institute is:

  • To revive traditional skills, and to link ancestral and vernacular traditions of raw earth construction with the modern technologies of stabilised earth.
  • To enable and empower people to build their own dwellings using earthen techniques.
  • To develop cost effective technologies, affordable to all.
  • To respect our Mother Earth, while using its natural resources to build a sustainable future.
  • To teach and practice sustainable resource management (for both human and natural resources).
  • To demonstrate that earth, as a building material, can be used to create modern, progressive, eco-friendly and safe habitats.

 

 Leaders & Team: 

Under the supervision of Director Satprem and co-directors Ayyappan and Lara, the AVEI team includes on average 5 architects, 2 researchers, 1 engineer, 3 masons, 15 workers and 5 other support staff members.

 

 

Location:Auroshilpam CSR

Opportunities at Auroville Earth Institute

Daily tasks: Designing and realizing 8 educational videos of about 20 mn in English (and then in Tamil). Topics are technological issues such as block making, building CSEB walls, handling of the machine, soil identification.
Daily tasks: Set up the Auroville Earth Institute laboratory to permit accurate analysis of soils. Use the equipment and determine what is missing, prepare protocols to use the equipment, make tests on different types of soil composition so they can be used in the AV Earth Institute machines. Give training to the local team.
Daily tasks: The Volunteer will have to write reports on specific projects, articles, even brochures with the help of the people in charge of the public relations, in order to raise funds to create the school.

Workshops & Training

Earth Construction The CSEB Masonry course is a practical, hands-on training course for masonry with Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks (CSEB) and other stabilised earth techniques which have been developed and mastered by the Earth Institute. This course is often taken in tandem with the CSEB Production course.
Earth Construction The CSEB Masonry course is a practical, hands-on training course for masonry with Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks (CSEB) and other stabilised earth techniques which have been developed and mastered by the Earth Institute. This course is often taken in tandem with the CSEB Production course.
Earth Construction: The CSEB Production course covers theory and practice of Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks (CSEB), a low-cost, low-carbon modern earth construction technique, which are made from a mix of soil, sand and water, stabilised with ~5% cement, and compressed manually or with a hydraulic press. The course covers basics on soil characteristics, design, calculation, block production, quality control, etc. This course is often taken in tandem with the CSEB Masonry course.
Earth Construction: The CSEB Production course covers theory and practice of Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks (CSEB), a low-cost, low-carbon modern earth construction technique, which are made from a mix of soil, sand and water, stabilised with ~5% cement, and compressed manually or with a hydraulic press. The course covers basics on soil characteristics, design, calculation, block production, quality control, etc. This course is often taken in tandem with the CSEB Masonry course.
Earth Construction The AVD Theory course covers the structural design and construction of vaulted earthen masonry. It offers an in-depth understanding of various methods of stability analysis for arches, vaults and domes following the principles of Limit Analysis of Masonry. It is one of the few courses globally which combine structural design of AVD with integrated principles of construction. The course focuses on the use of Compressed Stabilised Earth Block (CSEB) as a building material and vault construction methods developed by AVEI (e.g. the Free-spanning technique). Many students take the AVD Masonry course in tandem with this course.
Earth Construction The AVD Theory course covers the structural design and construction of vaulted earthen masonry. It offers an in-depth understanding of various methods of stability analysis for arches, vaults and domes following the principles of Limit Analysis of Masonry. It is one of the few courses globally which combine structural design of AVD with integrated principles of construction. The course focuses on the use of Compressed Stabilised Earth Block (CSEB) as a building material and vault construction methods developed by AVEI (e.g. the Free-spanning technique). Many students take the AVD Masonry course in tandem with this course.
Earth Construction The AVD Theory course covers the structural design and construction of vaulted earthen masonry. It offers an in-depth understanding of various methods of stability analysis for arches, vaults and domes following the The AVD Masonry course is a practical, hands-on week in which trainees study constructive principles and techniques, and build various types and scales of arches, vaults and domes. The course focuses on the use of Compressed Stabilised Earth Block (CSEB) as a building material and vault construction methods developed by AVEI (e.g. the Free-spanning technique). Students comfortable with the academic level often take the AVD Theory course in tandem with this one.
Earth Construction The AVD Theory course covers the structural design and construction of vaulted earthen masonry. It offers an in-depth understanding of various methods of stability analysis for arches, vaults and domes following the The AVD Masonry course is a practical, hands-on week in which trainees study constructive principles and techniques, and build various types and scales of arches, vaults and domes. The course focuses on the use of Compressed Stabilised Earth Block (CSEB) as a building material and vault construction methods developed by AVEI (e.g. the Free-spanning technique). Students comfortable with the academic level often take the AVD Theory course in tandem with this one.
Earth Construction The AVD Theory course covers the structural design and construction of vaulted earthen masonry. It offers an in-depth understanding of various methods of stability analysis for arches, vaults and domes following the principles of Limit Analysis of Masonry. It is one of the few courses globally which combine structural design of AVD with integrated principles of construction. The course focuses on the use of Compressed Stabilised Earth Block (CSEB) as a building material and vault construction methods developed by AVEI (e.g. the Free-spanning technique). Many students take the AVD Masonry course in tandem with this course.
Earth Construction The AVD Theory course covers the structural design and construction of vaulted earthen masonry. It offers an in-depth understanding of various methods of stability analysis for arches, vaults and domes following the The AVD Masonry course is a practical, hands-on week in which trainees study constructive principles and techniques, and build various types and scales of arches, vaults and domes. The course focuses on the use of Compressed Stabilised Earth Block (CSEB) as a building material and vault construction methods developed by AVEI (e.g. the Free-spanning technique). Students comfortable with the academic level often take the AVD Theory course in tandem with this one.