WHEN DID YOU COME TO
I came to Auroville
in the year 1968.
SOME INFO ON YOUR TRAINING?
I did my training at 'BEAUX
ARTS' in France, and came to Auroville at the age of 26. Mother asked
me to work with Roger Anger in the 'Office of Architecture', which I did
for many years. It was a very special period for me, a time of grace.
The atmosphere was delightful, and very creative, thanks to the talent
of Roger, who also had the power to bring all the people to work together,
guided by the influence of the Mother. At the time there were no disagreements
amongst Aurovilians about the town, the zones, or the Matrimandir, whether
to have discs, petals, etc. Mother was there, and everybody was at the
right place. I learned a lot and attained a certain maturity. I am grateful
to Roger and Mother.
SOME MAJOR PROJECTS
YOU HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR?
Surrender - a
residential collective housing project.
Tibetan Pavilion - a cultural pavilion in the International Zone.
Auromode & Shradhanjali - both commercial units in the Industrial
School at New Creation.
THROUGH YOUR WORK, WHAT
ARE YOU TRYING TO FIND, OR EXPRESS?
I try to express
beauty and harmony, which is automatically linked with functionality.
WHICH OF YOUR WORKS
BEST EXPRESSES YOUR VISION, OR PHILOSOPHY?
My work in Auromode
factory and my own residence in Auromodele, because in both cases I didn't
have to make any concession to clients. Both projects are still in progress.
PLEASE GIVE SOME OVERVIEW
OF THE EVOLUTION OF YOUR WORK, AND MILESTONES ON THE WAY
When I came to
Auroville, everything was new here. We didn't have any experience about
the climate for instance. The materials for building were very poor. Slowly,
after committing many mistakes, we progressed. Personally, I progressed
when I started working with models in 3 dimensions.
PROJECT IN AUROVILLE, OTHER THAN YOUR OWN, DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST?
which is an expression of beauty and force.
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