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Rogner Bad Blumau hotel designed by
Green roofs, round shapes and facades, colours which evoke memories of rainbows create a spirited work of art in the middle of fields and meadows. Rogner Bad Blumau is arranged like a city with various districts. The ring-shaped inside spa is the centre, the diverse accommodation, swimming, bathing and restaurant areas branch from the centre out into the open landscape.
Ever since it started, Rogner Bad Blumau has followed the philosophy of Friedensreich Hundertwasser: "A life in harmony with nature." This of course has to include green energy from our very own geothermal system. Even at outdoor temperatures of minus 20 degrees, the system ensures that the whole complex stays pleasantly warm and at the same time cuts down atmospheric emissions by 4 million kilograms of C02 every year.
The city was founded upon these principles, called "The Auroville Charter:"
1. Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville, one must be the willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness.
2. Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
3. Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realizations.
Foreword by Shri Jagmohan' Auroville's emphasis on sustainable use of resources, the building of community through human creativity, and relevant urban design clearly place Auroville in the category of "cosmopolis." The matrimandir is a modern day ziggurat of the modern day "cosmopolis," and to top off the comparison, the galaxy urban design literally make Auroville a "cosmos"-polis.
Kowloon Walled City was a densely populated, largely ungoverned settlement in Kowloon Hong Kong. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to Britain in 1898. Its population increased dramatically following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. From the 1950s to the 1970s, it was controlled by Triads and had high rates of prostitution, gambling, and drug use. In 1987, the Walled City contained 33,000 residents within its 6.5-acre (0.03 km2; 0.01 sq mi) borders.
The Walled City of Kowloon has no visible wall around it, but it is as clearly defined as if there were one made of hard, high steel. It is instantly sensed by the congested open market that runs along the street in front of the row of dark run-down flats—shacks haphazardly perched on top of one another giving the impression that at any moment the entire blighted complex will collapse under its own weight, leaving nothing but rubble where elevated rubble had stood.
I think it’s one of the most curious example of self organized society on such a tiny plot of land though a dark and gloomy one.