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Vastu city planning encourages sustainable, life-supporting city growth
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25 December 2012
'There's a great need for sustainable cities in the world,' said Dr Eike Hartmann, a leading international expert in Maharishi Vastu architecture.
Dr Hartmann spoke via video at the Fourth Annual Vastu Panorama Conference in Bhopal, India, where the focus was on Vastu, architectural design to support the peace, prosperity, and good health of individulas through aligning manmade buildings with natural law.
Dr Girish Chandra Varma, the chair of the conference, played a video prepared by Dr Hartmann called 'Vastu City Planning: Sustainable Cities in Harmony with Natural Law'.
In the video, Dr Hartmann emphasized the important role of cities in the world.
He said, 'In the next 50 years, 1.7 billion people will move into urban areas that do not yet exist.'
Another issue is that many people today live in substandard housing, squalor, and poor conditions.
'Many of the city dwellers, especially in the Third World, live in slum conditions,' Dr Hartmann elaborated. 'In fact, almost one billion people live in slums—that is one-third of all global city dwellers. In Asia and the Pacific, two out of every five urban dwellers live in slums.'
What can we do to ameliorate these conditions and ensure new city developments are better planned?
Dr Hartmann said, 'It is critical for the sustainable future of our planet that we build these new city environments so that they function in accord with natural law. Cities, and the buildings which they are composed of, should be structures that nourish and sustain every aspect of human life.'
This is where Vastu architecture shows its value, Dr Hartmann observed.
'The design of such a holistic city is made ideally according to the most ancient and complete system of city planning, known by the Sanskrit terms Sthapatya Veda or Vastu.'
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