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Thoughts on the Sybolism of Auroville

Author: Joseba

Last Updated: July 26, 2007

Cities are mankinds greatest creations. The establishment of every beautiful city of the world has always implied the concurrence of multiple disciplines integrated in a harmonious approach. A powerful vision and careful planning as a starting point, the inclusion of innovative architecture, art, engineering, landscaping, and an unending flow of financial resources...these are only some of the most necessary components; to enumerate all would be a tedious exercise. Only when the conjunction of all these ingredients has been successfully achieved can we recognize great cities that awaken our admiration. When we look to the external appearance of a city we enter into contact with the first and most external layer of information. But, beyond this first layer there are other layers of information and perception with subtle and deeper meanings. The morphology, the structure, the arrangement of a citys most representative buildings, its residences and life activities, consciously or unconsciously are going to reveal to us the values and ideals, the socio-political order and the image that its citizens have of the cosmos and themselves. It is particularly interesting to notice also that every great culture of the world has attempted to create an Ideal City that could give a material form, a definitive shape to the most relevant aspects of its particular world-view. This was considered extremely important and meaningful for internal and external purposes in many cultures throughout history. From this viewpoint, the external shape of every city of the world is a permanent invitation for us to think and speculate from a philosophical perspective about its society and its underlying anthropological and transcendental principles. I believe that the study of the principles and designs used in various moments of history and its comparison with Auroville can be an interesting subject because it can help us to better understand the fundamental aspects of the experiment that we are trying to develop here and possibly to shine some light on the uniqueness of Aurovilles features in relation with other cities of the world and other experiments of the past. I would like to present these reflections just as a first initial contribution to an area which until now has not aroused much interest and discussions a very surprising fact for me in the context of Auroville. SEE FULL TEXT IN ATTACHED PDF

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