RAMAN CONSTRUCTION, AUROVILLE
Our small workshop in the center of Auroville is a multi-functional space with two levels approximately 70sqm in total area with an abundance of light, this office was restarted by Raman in 2015. Its enveloped from all sides in the thick plantation with greens flooding inside the office through almost transparent enclosures of the office space.
The ground floor functions as the office and we spend most of the time in this inspiring enclosure interacting, sketching, designing, discussing, meeting, progressing and learning. The upper floor is open from all sides and we are developing it as space for us to discover inner passions and put them into action. The open plan leaves us with all the options to play with.
This small office functions more like a family and with Raman’s presence it becomes an interesting experience to work and learn while having fun. The occasional stories from the adventurous past of Auroville makes one feel connected with the place, there's a spiritual environment which keeps the workplace positive and occasional walks to the coffee place leads to deep discussions about life
There are small work sheds with building material and equipment scattered around the office where one can go and study and get acquainted with the tools which are used to realize the design. It gives a scope for development of a connection between the virtual and physical.
MOTHER'S VISION AND OUR MISSION
"Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual human unity." - The Mother
Mother envisioned Auroville as a place on earth which no nation could claim as its own, where all human beings of goodwill who have a sincere aspiration could live freely as citizens of the world and obey one single authority, that of the supreme Truth; a place of peace, concord and harmony where all the fighting instincts of man would be used exclusively to conquer the causes of his sufferings and miseries, to surmount his weaknesses and ignorance, to triumph over his limitations and in-capacities; a place where the needs of the spirit and the concern for progress would take precedence over the satisfaction of desires and passions, the search for pleasure and material enjoyment.
THE AUROVILLE CHARTER
Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But, to live in Auroville, one must be a willing servitor of the divine consciousness.
Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realisations.
Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual human unity.
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RAMAN CONSTRUCTION, AUROVILLE
Raman has spent over last 40 years working, designing, constructing, filming, photographing and farming in and around Auroville.
Starting his career as a worker in the Amphitheater in the Matrimandir complex he spent the early days of his youth learning, exploring, laboring, interacting and most importantly enjoying his time working on site, with workers from all over the world.
Meanwhile, since childhood, he continued developing his artistic skills to later discover an interest in architecture which subsequently directed him to the Matrimandir workshop where a group of architects worked under Roger Anger. He worked in and learned from that office for the next few years. He considers himself fortunate to have worked with people like Roger and Piero and cherishes the memory of collectively working at the Matrimandir with a passion for uncompromised quality.
Since then he is been designing for Auroville with passion. Later he also developed an office with Anupama Kundoo and Dharmesh Jadeja, during this period he designed and constructed, a variety of projects keeping sustainability as the focus. He spent two terms as a member of the working committee of Auroville and also been actively connected with the film committee.
Taking comfortable breaks from this field he kept himself moving for different adventures like traveling, filming and documenting art, culture and architecture, farming , researching and studying old Tamil texts. Raman also has a sincere inclination towards sports and keeps him occupied in mornings and evenings with playing tennis regularly and cycling respectively.