"Ich bin ein Berliner" since 02.02.42
I am an "Aurovilian" since 21.02.71
Living in duality
The year that the 'Berlin Wall' was erected, I began my studies in architecture & planning at the Technical University in Berlin.
I finished them in '68, the same year that Auroville was founded in far-away India. It was also the year in which the student revolt sent some ripples through the city of (West) Berlin and through Western society in general.
I got my diploma through a research paper and comic design, both radically questioning the established role and self-image of the architect as teacher, designer or builder in society.
I began to understand that my longing for beauty and harmony was not to be an exclusive one, but had to embrace the life process itself, and that I had actually always been searching for the unifying essence in everything, for a spiritual grounding.
Calling the unexpected
I enjoyed driving a taxi (as town planner), living in communes (as architect), traveling to new horizons - inwardly as well as outwardly, always keeping myself open for the unexpected. And so I encountered Sri Aurobindo's work, which resulted in my reaching Mother India, meeting the Mother, seeing that strikingly radiating model of her dream city-with-a-soul, touching the red soil of that promised land, - coming home.
The creative way of failing
Having finally found my ideal dream vessel, the real journey could begin, which meant getting involved in various kinds of work, always on the look-out for spaces or situations where that 'unifying essence' had a chance to be expressed, with architecture or without:
To probe deeper, I started opting for 'root research' in an effort to connect with the group soul of a nation when it is cracked open (in my case Germany). This meant shuttling between Auroville and central Europe, with Berlin becoming temporarily the centre of a new (world) healing process. It also meant connecting with a variety of ecological, spiritual and (sub)cultural projects and experiments:
Parallel in Auroville
Experiencing the joy and pain of building Peter's
house of 'Light Matter' in the context of the small Petite Ferme architects
My plan for the near future
To encourage better team work in the planning process, innovative cooperative housing schemes, adequate traffic concepts related to urban designs which honour public functions and spaces in order to support the inner and outer communication and growth of the city of the future.
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