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What is Auroville tells:

The concept of Auroville - an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity - came to the Mother as early as the 1930s. In the mid 1960s the Sri Aurobindo Society in Pondicherry proposed to Her that such a township should be started. She gave her blessings. The concept was then put before the Govt. of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO. In 1966 UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.

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Auroville, India
latitude: 12.0018, longitude: 79.8215
Browse map of Auroville 12°00′06.48″ N, 79°49′17.40″ E
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Auroville is a town in India at latitude 12°00′06.48″ North, longitude 79°49′17.40″ East.

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Auroville Communities

The living space of Auroville is organized in communitys. user:hoxel proposes following mapping for auroville communities:

place a node at a point where the label gives a helpfull position to other communities and the entrance:


if you map a boundary put the boundary polygons together with the node in a relation with:


Testing which places are tagged as place=neighborhood in Auroville

For the villages arount place=village is the right choice. Testing which places are tagged as place=village around Auroville

Some pionier mappers uses place=hamlet for Auroville communities but its not correct! Testing that no places are tagged as place=hamlet in Auroville

Auroville Roads

Auroville Streets paved with concrete stones. Like in Front of Library. !! "surface"="concret" is definitly NOT correct here !!

surface=paving_stones  (see:Key:surface)

Roads like the one between Certitude and Solarkitchen can be tagged as unpaved, but this ist all between mud-earth-gravel-compacted. user:hoxel proposes following mapping for this roads:

surface=earth  (see:Key:surface)

Roads inside of Aurovillien Communitys are regulated as "living_street"s. Everyone have to be care about Children and waking People:


Auroville water ponds

hoxel would propose to distinguish two types of water bodies:

1.) Water catchment ponds.

- (eg:water catchment in Sadhana)

landuse=basin      (see:Tag:landuse=basin)
basin=infiltration (see:Key:basin)

Show landuse=basin on map

2.) Local Watertanks in villages arround Auroville and ponds in AV witch are not build for water catchment

- (eg:Watertank in Kuilapalayam)

- (eg:round water pond in New Creation)

natural=water (see:Tag:natural=water)
water=pond    (see:Key:water and Tag:water=pond)