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Maharishi Vastu community integrates ancient Vedic architecture and modern sustainability
by Global Good New staff writer
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9 March 2011
Abundance EcoVillage in Fairfield, Iowa, USA integrates advanced technology in modern sustainability with ancient principles of Maharishi Vastu (Vedic architecture). The development reflects nature's ability to create with perfect efficiency, without waste and without having a negative impact on the rest of the environment.
Lonnie Gamble, a professor in the Sustainable Living department at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield was inspired, around 1999, to build a sustainable community and he spearheaded the initiative, said Jon Lipman, AIA, US Director of Maharishi Vedic Architecture.
In support of the ideal to have no waste, he decided to build the homes no larger than necessary for comfortable family life. The homes are about 80 metres (approximately 900 square feet) which is about one-third the size of conventional new homes in the United States, Dr Lipman said.
However, Abundance EcoVillage is more than a collection of small Vastu homes. All electricity is generated on-site, directly from the sun—as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had encouraged—and in some cases also from wind turbines. Sewage is processed naturally on-site and rainwater is collected to supply drinking water for the houses.
In the coming days, Global Good News will continue to feature Abundance EcoVillage and other Maharishi Vastu initiatives around the world.
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