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Maharishi Garden Village: 'Perfect city planning on a small scale'
by Global Good News staff writer
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2 April 2012
John Renwick, a Vastu Consultant in the United Kingdom, spoke at the recent Ecobuild exhibition in London about the intelligent city planning of the Vastu architecture housing development known as Maharishi Garden Village in Rendlesham, Suffolk, England.
Though many of the visitors passing through were interested in design with an ecological slant, Mr Renwick found that a large proportion were also fascinated by the application of ecological design on a city-wide scale.
The 57 houses in Maharishi Garden Village are designed in a Georgian and Suffolk style of architecture, using all natural building materials.
Great care has been taken about the orderly and symmetrical layout of the houses, said Mr Renwick, adding that the layout also promotes privacy within the development.
'The houses have been designed very much thinking about privacy at the back,' Mr Renwick said, 'with larger higher fences, but with more public space at the front. As you walk around, whether it's day or night, you get this very orderly settled feeling, which is a major attribute of Vastu and one of the main experiences people have here.'
All the care taken over the housing layout serves as a showcase for a small ideal community, Mr Renwick remarked.
'It's a very good example of perfect city planning on a small scale. We found that there is massive interest in the UK, and I'm sure around the world, in new cities which are harmonious, have no pollution, are well spaced, well organized, and so on. This is a sort of microcosm of a garden city.'
The residents can feel the difference.
'The experience is one of orderliness. There's a settled feeling . . . everybody feels very good in their house,' said Mr Renwick.
Dr Peter Warburton, a resident of Maharishi Garden Village, added that this settled feeling even improves over time.
'The longer we stay in our Vastu houses, the better we feel about them . . . You have a good feeling when you first move in, but interestingly, give it six months, give it a year, you feel better and better and better about it.'
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