Experiments on Human unity is no longer just a dystopian concept that can be contained in books. Even though books (which were later made into movies ) like the Divergent series and The Hunger Games series, brought to us images of a city which were successful experiments in building an ideal township, are relatively new in the market, a small city situated in south India has been existing as one such city since the late 1960s.
Auroville, for the most part in Tamil Nadu just a couple of kilometers inland from the vast Coromandel Coast, is the city mentioned above. It is not only the first, but the only internationally endorsed experiment on human unity which is still ongoing. Located approximately 150 km south of Chennai and 10 km north of the well-known and celebrated town of Puducherry, it also delves into the transformation of consciousness, sustainable living and the cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind in the forthcoming years.
So if you are in search of a city built with assorted qualities, Auroville is your pick.
Dwelling a bit into the history of Auroville, we will find that the idea of Auroville – a perfect township committed to a trial in human solidarity – took shape in The Mother as early as the 1930s. In the mid 1960s the Sri Aurobindo Society in Pondicherry proposed to Her that such a township ought to be built. She gave her endowments. The idea was then put before the Govt. of India, who gave their support and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO. In 1966 UNESCO passed a consistent determination complimenting it as a venture of significance to the fate of humankind, in this manner giving their full support. In the year of 1968 around 5,000 individuals gathered close to the banyan tree at the focal point without bounds township for an inauguration ceremony attended by agents of 124 countries, including every one of the States of India. The agents carried with them some soil from their country, to be blended in a white marble-clad, lotus-formed urn, now sited at the point of convergence of the Amphitheater. In the meantime, the Mother gave Auroville its 4-point Charter.
At the focal point of the township lies the Peace Area, involving the Matrimandir and its gardens, the amphitheater with the Urn of Human Unity that contains the dirt of 121 countries and 23 Indian states, and the venture of a lake to make a climate of quiet and quietness and to serve as a groundwater energize territory. The biggest of the four city zones, involving 189 hectares, the Residential Zone is circumscribed by parks on the north, south and west. This zone gives composed natural surroundings amongst individual and aggregate living. 55% of the range is green and just 45% constructed surface, subsequently making an urban thickness adjusted by nature. A 109-hectare zone toward the north of the Peace Area, the Industrial Zone, a zone for “green” ventures, is centered around Auroville’s endeavors towards a self-supporting township. The city also contains little and medium-scale ventures, preparing focuses, expressions and creates, and the city’s organization. The Cultural Zone is also a site for connected research in instruction and imaginative expression. Offices for social, instructive, craftsmanship and games exercises will be situated in this zone.
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