Auroville Earth Institute

Training - Research - Construction

Our Story

Presently established for 34.5 years, Auroville Earth Institute has educated and empowered people to build their own dwellings using earthen techniques. Founded in 31st August 1989 by the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), Government of India, AVEI has, till date, won 15 awards: 4 international and 11 national. Since then AVEI has worked in 40 countries across the globe.

Here we aim to provide you with a glimpse of the many techniques of earthen construction. We have also showcased our work with Compressed Stabilized Earth Block (CSEB)  through snippets, images, and videos. Want to know more?    Follow our activities and sign up for training courses.


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I don´t see the Earth as a formless material without consciousness, but as Spirit consciously disguised as matter.

– Satprem

Director, AVEI

Earth is Alchemy

-Ibn Yamin

Sufi Poet

The activities of the institute include research and development of earthen technologies, training and education, publication and dissemination, consultancy, architectural design and construction, heritage conservation, production of materials, and quality control testing. 

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To support the dissemination of knowledge, ‘Building with Earth’ is a repository of information on the basics of earth architecture and technology, the various techniques that have been developed across the world and at the Auroville Earth Institute,  as well as highlighting various case studies and structures.

Use this repository to learn the ways of ‘Building with Earth’

Learn from us through our regular On-Campus and Online Training Courses, collaborate with us for our expertise in building with earth with Consultancy and Technology Transfers, organise visits to our campus for Awareness Programmes, reach out to us for quality control servies to build with earth yourself or with us, and much more! Join  the Clan!

Find opportunities to interact with us in various capacities through ‘Our Activities’

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