The USA Pavilion starts off
Thirty two students - "pasty
faced white kids" (as one teaching assistant called them)
arrived January 4th, 2002, to begin their exciting, often bewildering
journey in Auroville. Including professors and teaching assistants,
the group of 42 set the goal of designing and building the first
structure on the U.S. Pavilion site of the International Zone.
American students build a student guesthouse
Working almost non-stop with a team of Tamil
masons and carpenters, the group of very able-bodied college
students who came from such diverse departments as 'School of
Architecture', 'Landscape Design' and 'Forestry Resources' succeeded
in creating an innovative, sophisticated and playful structure
which should be finished in July.
This 'U.S. Student Guest House' has 4 rooms with a total of
12 beds and the latest in
and a breeze catching 'super roof' which
will keep the whole structure super cool and shaded.
Many thanks to Mario, Kartik and his
team; the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON DESIGN/BUILD PROGRAM and
AVI-USA for making this (financially) possible - and thanks
to the 'USA Pavilion Organising Team of 7' for all their hard
work here and there.
AV Today June/July 2005 - U.S.A Pavilion