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the planning office structure (TDC);

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established procedures for the new build initiatives allocation and approval (Site Application, Building Approval, Non Objection Certificate);

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the underlying concept of Auroville as city for all, where land is a shared commodity.

Consequently, the strategies explained in the chapters from the DDP main document are translated into this practical application guide which consist of detailed Parameters for each portion of land in Residential Zone, Sector 1& 2. Together the strategy and the detailed parameters form a complete reference tool aiding the land management and the project allocation procedures. This is to serve as a reference to both the residences and the Town Development Council, offering a framework for a transparent and inclusive way of guiding the development of Auroville, where everyone is fully informed of the long and short term objectives. Current lack of such established structure makes the land allocation process extremely difficult, where the majority of the decisions are made on a one by one basis rather than constituting a part of a coherent plan. As a method of practically aiding such land and project allocation procedure a concept of a Land Development Unit was introduced (refer to 04.02 DDP Strategy drawing) and a provisional set out of such units was demarcated.

LAND DEVELOPMENT UNIT (LDU) Taking into an account the specificity of the Auroville planning context, as well as the vision of a town that belongs to all of its residents, the DDP attempts to redefine, as they stand, “plots” or “sites” with a unit that is much less associated with a notion of an ownership or a boundary. This also intends to move on from a realm that operates with a fence line or a shape of the former farm land which in effect divides Auroville into isolated development patches,irreversiblyjeopardizingopportunityfortheemergenceof a cohesive and connected townscape. The direction set by the DDP assumes that, in time, there will be nodivisions,physicalboundariesorfencesandtheentireAuroville land will be practically managed and actively used by all residents following the original concepts envisaged for Auroville collective living. Hence, the LDU boundaries are “virtual” and should not be interpreted as indication of ownership or constitute a physical boundary.The set out serves merely the practical purpose of land allocation and the parameters definition. Unit boundaries reflect probable and viable development size, yet, remain flexible - LDUs can be merged and sub-divided according to the arising needs. Proposed projects will be allocated to a particular LDU which suits theindicateduse,thenumberofaccommodationunits,thedesired characterofthedevelopmentetc.Certainprojectsmightbesuitable for several LDU’s which will presentTDC, the project holder and the architect with options to choose from.

LDUS VIRTUAL BOUNDARIES SET OUT The suggested arrangement of the LDUs (see Fig. 01, 00 Key Plan LDU, p8) reflects urban fabric planning needs at a zone scale combined with a set of local, neighbourhood specific parameters for each portion of the sector. Consequently, the set out is of the virtual boundaries in DDP 2016 indicates portions of land to be developed taking to account current status of the land ownership and currently managed land by the existing communities - hence, thoseboundariesaresubjecttorevisionandadjustmentdepending on the changing situation on the ground. As noted previously LDU exactboundaryisprovisional,dependingonthespecificproposals boundariescouldbeadjustedkeepingtheaimsoftheDDPstrategy as a base for such amendment. Current LDU set out is guided by the strategies which involve the reservation of space for the generally accessible urban and green open spaces and the functionality of movement network. In the Urban Zone, the boundaries are identified as an indication of possibleandviablesizingofthecollectivelivingprojectsfittinginto

emerging closely knit urban fabric of the town - accommodating forthe75%offuturepopulation.Thearrangementislargelyguided by the set out of the Covered Walkways network, the location of Public Spaces and the Access Roads. In the Green Zone the LDU “bubbles” indicate loosely the area affected and to be taken into considerationbythosedevelopingtheclusterwithinthegenerally accessible park. The suggested cluster arrangement reflects the Land Use and Movement strategies for the Green Corridors and recreation grounds, green clearings. Both Green and Urban Zone LDUs can be merged or divided depending on the proposed project requirements - however, it is important to keep the provision for the population allocation, the functionalityoftheMovementnetworkandproportionsofbuiltand un-bulit areas. What is more, there is also provision for phasing of the project within an LDU - a development could happen in stages with a presented plan for such phasing where provision for further stages is clearly planned.

HOW TO READ AN LDU FILE LDU is not to be treated as a self-sufficient “site” but rather as a fragmentofalargerurbanfabricwithstrongmutualdependencies with the surrounding. Thus, the limits of the LDU demarcate a public use area which needs to be taken into consideration in the proposed project’s design rather than planned for exclusive use of the future project’s residents. Therefore, provision of the future accommodation is not the sole responsibility of project holder – efforts should be directed towards development proposal that constitutes a new part of an extensive system of urban and landscape components for public use. An LDU file demarcates the location of the particular portion of land, the projected and existing elements in its surrounding as well as providing a list of parameters informing range of the future development aspects. An LDU file equips the project holder/ architect with a complete set of data needed to develop a project thatwillstayintunewiththeprojectedfunctionalityofthezoneand allocation of the future population; at the same time ensuring the compatibilitywiththelandandwatermanagementstrategies.The practical application guide consists of the LDU parameter set of drawings and LDU specific parameters. The LDU parameter set of drawings contains the key plan LDU (p24) which positions zooms or frames within the Residential Sectors 1 & 2 (see Fig. 2). The zooms provide a closer view of LDUs (p25-37, see Fig. 3). Detailed information for individual LDUs are provided in LDU specific parameters (p39-50, see Fig. 4).

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The Detailed Development Plan (DDP) for the Residential Zone sets a new comprehensive development strategy which will help steer Auroville’s planning towards steady sustainable development. The DDP strategy is complemented by this document, a detailed guidance for the phased implementation. This guidance is structured to fit the specificity of Auroville planning and to reflect the needs arising from:

Detailed Development Plan 2016 - Residential Zone Sectors 1 & 2

PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE

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Detailed Development Plan, Residential Zone, Auroville. Camilo José Cela University, Madrid 2016  

DDP provides practical implementation strategies for Auroville based on concepts of Roger Anger from the 1960s. The utopian ideals for Aurov...

Detailed Development Plan, Residential Zone, Auroville. Camilo José Cela University, Madrid 2016  

DDP provides practical implementation strategies for Auroville based on concepts of Roger Anger from the 1960s. The utopian ideals for Aurov...

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