Satprem Maïni Gallery
Satprem has a post graduate master of Earthen Architecture from the School of Architecture of Grenoble, France. He is an occasional consultant of the United Nations and a member of CRATerre-ENSAG (the International Centre for earth construction, France). He works as an architect, builder, consultant, researcher, trainer and lecturer. Since 1990, Satprem and his team have trained more than 8,800 people from 77 Nations.
Since the early 1980’s, his endeavour has been based on the adaptation and renaissance of traditional techniques, use of local materials, participation of individuals and the reconsideration of the role of the architect: from creator and builder to animator and psychologist. Satprem is specialised in using raw earth as a building material and especially compressed stabilised earth blocks (CSEB). He has also specialised in the construction of arches, vaults and domes built with earth, disaster resistance with CSEB and earthen heritage conservation.
Since 1989, Satprem’s life has been dedicated to Auroville, India and the World for the recognition of our Mother Earth, while using its matter for the sake of sustainable developments. His life is offered to the Lord and is dedicated to Karma Yoga, the work done as an offering to the Divine, for the Lord’s Action upon Earth so as to unite Matter and Spirit. Today, the architectural research being conducted by Satprem integrates symbols and a holistic approach to life. He tries to link the genius of the past with recent discoveries so as to build a timeless architecture – Architecture made of light, energy and conscious matter. Since 1992, the Sanskrit name Satprem, meaning Truth and Love, replaced the birth name Serge.
Under his direction, the Auroville Earth Institute is researching, developing, promoting and transferring earth-based technologies, which are cost and energy effective. Today the research and development of the Auroville Earth Institute on architecture and technologies based on earth are disseminated worldwide through training courses, demonstration projects and consultancy. Satprem has published 33 publications and since 1985 he has worked in 35 countries to transfer his knowledge and promote earthen architecture.
Satprem was granted 13 awards: “1992 Hassan Fathy Award for architecture for the poor” – “2010 Prince Sultan Bin Salman Award for Urban Heritage” for Al Medy Mosque built at Riyadh and 11 Indian awards.
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