Auroville emphasizes a cultural function, promoting the reintroduction of traditional forms of building like arches, vaults & domes. In the developing world, ‘modern’ construction techniques can be technically and/or economically out of reach. Returning to more traditional forms allows for community self-empowerment as well as ecological sustainability.
In post-disaster conditions, Auroville’s techniques allow communities to self-recover without relying on the bureaucracy of foreign governments or international NGOs. For areas that are seismically vulnerable, Auroville is developing and implementing types of reinforced earth block that are as safe as any ‘modern’ form of construction.
The Institute has also expanded into developing building equipment. it has designed, manufactured and distributed presses in collaboration with private partners. These work in conjunction with Auroville training and enable communities to produce structural materials from local resources.