The City of Dawn

This spring I am leaving Berlin and moving to Auroville , India. This is a place where one can be free of moral and social conventions that promotes alternative lifestyles, creativity and spirituality based on the principles of New Consciousness.

Below is a piece of agenda information from a weekly Aurovillian news bulletin (Feb. 2007 issue) that I found quite interesting.

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CIRHU – Centre for International Research in Human Unity
Within the framework of their activities, a large number of Aurovilians do original work and research which aspires to a
high level of consciousness. We wish to create a living Aurovilian record for Auroville’s research and make it available to
Auroville and the world at large.
The purpose is to develop an informational database which documents the work and research activities, describes their
histories, the problematic and challenges encountered, and indicates their current situation. This living record will be a
platform accessible inside Auroville and throughout the world in order to give visibility to what Auroville has realized.
All areas of the lives of Aurovilians will be represented: architecture, construction, education, social and educational
initiatives, agriculture and forestry, green work, water treatment, energy preservation, craftsmanship, languages, music
and artistic expressions, food and nutrition, health and healing, new economy, yoga of life, human and spiritual unity,
etc.
With this living record, CIRHU will also become a platform which connects the “experimental laboratory” that is Auroville
to all those in the world who are moving in a same direction, a platform of expression and exchange endowed with total
freedom and spirituality.
We ask for your collaboration in making available the fruits of your labour during the two initial steps of this work:
1. Participate in developing a list of the past and current work and research at Auroville as you know them;
2. Work with us in the process of recording the work and research that you have accomplished over time.
Thank you very much for your participation.

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One of the many other remarkable concepts of Auroville is its master plan, laid out in form of a galaxy – a galaxy in which several ‘arms’ seem to unwind from a central region. In interviews with Auroville Today in 1988 and in 1992, Roger Anger explained how this plan came into existence.

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Ray Anderson addresses his fellow “plunderers”

I just love the man’s speech. This a scene from a famous Canadian documentary “The Corporation“. Filmed addressing some industrial colleagues as “fellow plunderers”, Ray Anderson (the CEO of ‘world’s biggest carpet manufacturer’ Interface) advocates a total rethink of the way that corporations view natural resources and aims for his own company to be entirely sustainable by 2020.

Mushroom buildings of the future

As architects are searching for new ergonomical and eco-friendly designs , I just thought that buildings that resemble mushrooms are not such a bad idea. Nature is the best architect of all. When you look closer at a mushroom you can see that the creator has thought of every possible little detail that is ergonomically and technically perfect as well as aesthetically pleasing. In other words – there is no fault in a mushroom!

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The roof surface of a mushroom shaped building is perfect for collecting solar power. So the buildings can be energy sustainable. Using the principle of natural cooling system of a mushroom is also a big advantage.

Taking the Balloon idea even further

I just read this post “Balloning marvelous or noisy attention seeking” from Chris Hoskin where he writes how Members of BUND (German Friends of the Earth) put the balloons on the exhaust pipes of cars to highlight problems with CO2 emissions.

Why not to push this idea further and put massive balloons on industrial smokepipes? The huge balloon would be filled with hot smoke and released to float in the sky as a giant poster.

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I am sure that such a stunt would would create a bigger impact then targeting individual cars as well as solving a problem with reading the actual message (on the ballons).

SPAMarketing: Time for Advertising Green Tax?

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A typical view: next to mailboxes stands a waste basket full of discarded unread direct mailing advertising. People hate it and yet the “analog” spamming seems to be on the rise. What a waste of paper, trees, paint, etc. The way I see it – the only way to stop it is to make advertisers responsible/accountable for such a waste of natural resources. I don’t know, maybe introducing the first Advertising Green Tax will help?