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Auroville Earth Institute Office

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The Auroville Earth Institute (AVEI) is a non-profit organization specializing in the research, development, promotion and transfer of earth-based building technologies, among the most cost effective, low carbon, low embodied energy solutions for sustainable development.
Over the last 34.5 years, AVEI has become one of the world’s top centers for excellence in earthen architecture, working in 40 countries to promote and disseminate knowledge in the construction of sustainable habitats.

As the Representative and Resource Centre for Asia of the UNESCO Chair “Earthen Architecture, Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development”, AVEI aims to empower local stakeholders through an international network of experts. The work of the Earth Institute has attempted to revive traditional skills and link vernacular traditions of raw earth construction with modern technologies of stabilised earth.

AVEI Laboratory doing Waterproofing Research
AVD Training Course
AVD Training Course

Satprem Maïni


T. Ayyapan



Senior Architect

Hassan Fathy International Award for architecture for the poor - 1992
Best Building Centre in India Award. HUDCO & Ministry of Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation -1995

Articles and Conferences

N.E. 4 Apart 009 - Roofing and AVD GF 58-min-2

Committed to the mission of respect and accountability of our Earth, while using its natural resources to build a sustainable future.


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