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Piero and Gloria Cicionesi

by Mona Doctor Pingel

This book documents the work of pioneering Auroville architects Piero and Gloria Cicionesi.
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Category: Architecture, Biography
Tags: Architecture, Auroville, Rustic
 
229 x 229 mm | 9 x 9 in
Hardcover | 204 pages
256 colour photographs
117 black & white drawings
ISBN:
978-93-85360-41-1 (Mapin)

 
PRICE:
Rs.2,750.00  | $50.00  | £37.00
 
 
 
          
   
 
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Table of contents

Foreword

Author’s Note

The Context

Silent Sentinels

Formative Years

The Florentine DNA
by Pinoo Marchese

Selected Works

Manifesting Matrimandir 1972–1991

Divine Workers
by Dr Chamanlal Gupta 

Residential Projects 1969-2009

Institutional Projects

What Architecture Cannot Be
by Poppo Pingle

Chronology of Works

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Selected Images
 

Description

The Auroville Architects Monograph Series documents the pioneering work of the architects whose vision shaped Auroville, a unique international township in southeastern India. This monograph, the second in the series, is a comprehensive record of the work of Piero and Gloria Cicionesi, whose architectural legacy translates Auroville’s philosophy of community living into built form.

Piero (b 1935) and Gloria (b 1933) Cicionesi hail from the magical town of Florence in Italy. They arrived in Auroville a week after its inauguration on 28 February 1968 and have since made it their karma-kshetra. This unique International Township based on the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother is a source of inspiration to many architects around the world.

This publication brings together essays, drawings and photographs to demonstrate the elegant legacy of Piero and Gloria Cicionesi, for whom architecture is not only a search for beauty but also has a deeper social aspiration.

This book has been enhanced with 7 augmented reality videos, each linked to a photograph marked with the symbol. These videos include interactions with Piero and Gloria as well as documentation of their journey and work in Auroville. The videos are available through the BooksPlus mobile app. To play the videos, please follow the instructions given on the copyright page.

 

Mona Doctor-Pingel studied architecture at CEPT University, Ahmedabad and completed post-graduation in Appropriate Technology from Flensburg University, Germany. Since 1995 she has an independent practice in Auroville, Studio Naqshbandi, where she explores architecture, interiors and landscape design. One of the guiding principles in her work is the creation of buildings that are healthy (Baubiologie), aiming to find the right balance between Man–Nature–Economy.

She is actively involved in teaching and conducting workshops, and has been part of various Auroville Planning bodies. Since 2012 she is a part of a five-year Indo-US joint research programme on “Energy Efficiency in Buildings”. Being rooted in Auroville and the local context of rural Tamilnadu has given her a unique opportunity to understand that “slowing down is the first step to sustainability.”

She has initiated and authored a series of monographs on Auroville architects—The Pioneers, the first of which on Poppo Pingel was published by Mapin in 2012.

 

 

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