AVIUSA has focused on acquiring all the land for the township and completing the Matrimandir Gardens, the meditation hall in the center of the township. In addition, we have pioneered in the International Zone creating a student dorm now known as International House. A design/build team from the University of Washington started Phase One in 2002 as documented in the book Studio at Large: Architecture in the Service of Global Communities.
International House has has pioneered in innovative low cost building schemes using appropriate building technologies and recycled materials.
We are now researching low cost housing solutions for Auroville and are proud of our efforts in this area which we hope will be of use to the rest of India and the world.