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Auroville Language Lab (ALL)

ALL AV Language Lab






The new building of the Auroville Language Lab and Tomatis Therapy Centre, under construction in the International Zone of Auroville, aims to set a very high benchmark of sustainability as well as human comfort and well-being of its users. 
Some special aspects of the building are :
– a cooling and dehumidication system without air-conditioning
– use of lime instead of cement for mortar and plaster
– passive design techniques including maximizing natural daylight while reducing heat ingress
– electro-magnetic compliance and reduction of electro-smog
– use of probiotics for the purest anti-oxidant energy
– rain water harvesting and re-use of grey water through a vortex system
– full wheelchair accessibility
– vaastu shastra
– integration of telluric energy lines
– a solar and wind energy-based renewable energy system.
The building has a passive indoor-climate control system which is designed around a natural passive vertical air flow. There will be a constant flow of pre-cooled and dehumidified air throughout the building. The pre-cooled air will come from 3 wide air inlet towers located outside the main building. It will be distributed throughout the building to every room though a network of wide underground air channels and vertical air shafts.
On the external facade there will be mechanical ventilator-topped exhaust shafts with glass infill, which will facilitate the air movement within the rooms. Heated by the sun, hot air will rise and in this way, under pressures will be created inside the building so that new air flows into the building from the main air inlet towers. The central courtyard dome roof is designed to create a similar vacuuming effect, which draws out the hot air while creating an under-pressure which will suck the cool and dehumidified air in from the towers. In the towers, the air will pass through a sieve of a desiccant material (activated alumina) to absorb the excess moisture.
Energy use by buildings is a very large contributing factor to climate change. In tropical climates, air-conditioning is the largest culprit, causing greenhouse gas emissions and making even the so-called ‘green buildings’ into energy hoggers. This building will be an example for all of S. Asia and the tropical coastal regions of a climate-protective construction design which ensures human comfort WITHOUT energy-guzzling Air-Conditioning.
We are looking for foundations, agencies and individuals supporting efforts to address climate change, to help us finish the sustainable cooling and de-humidification system.
Further information and design details can be provided upon request.
We would like to finish the building as soon as possible, so that the work for which the building has been designed, namely, the Language Laboratory and Tomatis Research and Therapy Centre can start in the new premises. 
More information about our work is available at the links below.
Mita Radhakrishnan and Tapas Desrousseaux 
Auroville Language Laboratory and Tomatis Research Centre 
Tel : +91-944.36.31.861.
– Auroville Language Lab :
– Probiotics in the building : Video of Dr. Margarita Correa Auroville
– Principles of Sustainable Architectural Design; Interview with our architects : Parul Zaveri & Nimish Patel






Low cost ecological housing is a critical need not only in Auroville but the rest of India and throughout the world. This pilot project needs your support to build infrastructure. Please visit their website and explore it thoroughly and donate via AVIUSA:




Auroville is to be a city which belongs to no-one in particular, but to humanity as a whole. In order for this city to be built for all of Humankind, the land it is built on cannot be privately owned; it must belong to Auroville. There is now an urgent need to secure the physical base of Auroville – will you help purchase the missing pieces?

Acres for Auroville is our focus now. We urge you to help secure the land for Auroville with a donation from our secure donation page.

Mohanam Cultural Center


Cultural diversity is disappearing much faster than plant or animal diversity. One language dies every ten days. We face a loss of millennia of wisdom and knowledge threatened by megacity monocultures, globalized capitalism, environmental destruction and greed. Indian customs in small villages are also changing very quickly. The mission of the Mohanam Cultural Center is to be a bridge between the past and the future, helping children and youth to became a part of the future world without losing and forgetting their heritage. With creative and interactive courses and workshops we revitalize the young generation with the richness of Tamil culture.

Founded in 2001 Mohanam Cultural Center includes a bilingual kindergarten , arts courses for youth in folk dance, martial arts, music, crafts, and a bamboo research center.

Sadhana Forest – A Forest to Grow People

SadhanaForestThe dream of this community is to ecologically restore 70 acres of barren, severely eroded land into a vibrant Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF). This biologically rich forest type, once abundant in southern India and Sri Lanka, is now nearly extinct. Only 0.01% survives. Over two thousand volunteers from all over the world have planted thousands of TDEF trees at Sadhana Forest since the community was founded in 2003.

In September 2009, Sadhana Forest began an ambitious 3-year Environmental Leadership Program with 16 participants from all over the world. For more information, see the Sadhana Forest entry on the Auroville Wiki or on Facebook.

Aikiyam School (formerly New Creation Bilingual School)

aikiyamschoolAikiyam School is an Auroville Outreach School for 225 children from the villages near Auroville, which runs from pre-creche until grade 8. Most of these children are from economically disadvantaged families. The school’s aim is to provide quality bilingual education in Tamil and English, covering all of the standard academic subjects, computer training, physical education, dance, crafts, and a wide variety of vocational options, giving children a range of choices in the type of education they will pursue when leaving the school. Children with special needs are identified, and given a supplementary individualized program. The school also provides a nutritious mid-day meal and a morning and afternoon snack.

Auroville Earth Institute

AVI Earth InstituteAuroville Earth Institute (AEI) has become one of the world leaders in earth Architecture. It has done major work researching and developing cost effective and energy efficient stabilized earth technologies. It also developed the Auram machine for building with earth, which is now sold worldwide. It is the representative in Asia for UNESCO Chair Earthen Architecture, Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development. The Auroville Earth Institute has trained nearly 6,000 people from 62 countries on earth architecture and technologies through hands-on courses both in India and abroad.


Pitchandikulam Forest

pitchandikulamforestePitchandikulam was established in 1973 as a pioneering Auroville green belt community engaged in reforestation on the bare eroded township site. Since then the 70 acres have been transformed into a complete ecosystem with more than 800 species of plants. Its Bioresource Centre with library, database, artifact and photo displays provides a focus for teaching restoration ecology, environmental science, and the identification and use of indigenous medicinal plants. A major focus of Pitchandikulam is community outreach, with work in 25 villages in the bioregion. Recently Pitchandikulam was awarded the contract for the ecological restoration of Chennai’s Adyar Creek, which has changed from a pristine and productive wetland to a cesspool and garbage dump over the last 50 years. Another outstanding program is Pitchandikulam’s outreach to Nadukuppan High School, 25 miles away. One of Nadukuppan’s teachers, Mr. V.M. Shankar says that the school has transformed from a hot and dusty place with no water, no toilets, and no shade to “a model of what can be achieved with the support of local villagers, the Education Department and the project team.”

Auroville Botanical Garden’s Environmental Education Center

flowerThe mission of the Auroville Botanical Garden is to conserve India’s Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest and to conserve genetic diversity in a wide range of climates. The main focus of its work is education, says Paul Blanchflower, the coordinator of the project. “This has been the intention from the beginning – to create an environment where love, respect and understanding of the natural world can be nurtured and developed.” The programme’s ambitious goal is to provide a basic environmental education facility for over 300 schools within a 30-kilometer radius of the gardens. In addition to botanical education, environmental issues such as conservation of biodiversity, global warming, water cycles, food security, and environmental monitoring will be taught. “Our second aim is to be a model of sustainability and to show what can be achieved with today’s technologies,” he adds. The Botanical Gardens depends on solar energy for powering its buildings, while wind and solar are used for pumping water.

Village Action

AVUActionVillageAuroville Village Action Group (AVAG) looks after Human Unity at the doorstep of Auroville. AVAG seeks to establish a friendly sustainable relationship with the people of the villages surrounding Auroville by acting as a bridge between Auroville’s idealistic aspirations and the traditional, but impoverished, culture of the local people. This has produced a broad based rural development program. Activities range from educational programs with the children, to helping the people take on self-help projects for village improvement, to savings and micro-credit programs with the women, as well as cultural events. AVAG also facilitates the village-related activities of other Auroville groups in the fields of health, environmental education, water conservation, bio-diversity, sanitation, renewable energy, employment and housing.


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