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New Maharishi University of Management building is 'truly sustainable'
by Global Good News staff writer
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12 June 2012
The newest addition to the roster of buildings on the Maharishi University of Management campus in Fairfield, Iowa, USA is truly unique.
The new building conforms to Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design (Vedic architecture, also known as Vastu), and is also a sustainable building that will be self-sufficient for its own energy, heating, cooling, lighting, water, and wastewater treatment.
Jonathan Lipman, the master architect of this new Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management, took some time recently to speak about the design of the building.
He said that the main idea of the building is balance and true sustainability.
'We wanted to demonstrate that there is complete harmony between sustainability, between energy efficiency, with the kind of architecture in accord with natural law that is currently understood by the world at large—and with the most profound architecture in accord with natural law that we understand as Maharishi Vastu architecture. We did that by designing a building that fully features the deepest qualities of both of these systems of architecture.'
Mr Lipman remarked that when the building was unveiled, it caused quite a stir.
This is because 'it feels different than a conventional building. You feel more settled, you feel more connected to nature. There really is a difference inside. . . . There's something very special about this building, and the students and faculty are loving it.'
At the grand opening of the new Sustainable Living Center, authorities from the state of Iowa and other universities visited.
Mr Lipman said, 'I think that there are going to be many buildings to come on different campuses which will be inspired by this.'
He concluded that besides the unique Vastu design, one thing that sets the building apart is that it is 'a truly sustainable building'.
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