Issue No. 325, August 2016
Sacred Groves – The Trials of a Sustainable Housing Experiment
Editorial In our last issue we focused upon the housing crisis. In this issue we zero in on one particular housing project, Sacred Groves, that attempts a new direction in sustainable construction yet which has been plagued by controversy. Its importance lies in the fact that it is representative, in some ways, of the conflicting challenges faced by those who have collective responsibilities and those who try to break the mould. The Sacred Groves project is an experiment in sustainable construction that is gaining recognition in the larger India. However, it has become the focus of controversy in the Auroville community as some feel that it has cost too much and delivered too little. A brief overview Some years ago, Auroville’s town planning group, L’Avenir, formed a group of Auroville architects to look at the possibilities for affordable housing. This culminated in the concept of the ‘Transit Lounge’, an experi...