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1 August 2011
Maharishi Vedic Garden Cities: Organic, Self-sufficient, and Sustainable
A goal of Vedic city planning is to create garden cities in harmony with natural law, going beyond green, connecting individual intelligence with Cosmic Intelligence, creating living conditions that are ideal for the inhabitants and the planet. This includes sustainability in terms of water and energy.
- All water that falls on the property is saved and used—it is free and of a high standard of purity.
- All rainfall runoff from every building is collected and stored in built-in tanks and cisterns, e.g. within the walls of the building. These tanks are preferably located above ground level so that release will be powered by gravity.
- In most areas the rainfall from the roof is enough for the water needs of inhabitants.
- Water-saving devices such as showerheads, washing machines, and other plumbing fixtures are standard.
- Natural, biological approaches can reduce garden water requirements by 5-10 times, for example by regenerating compacted urban soils, and the use of mulches.
- All water from roads and parking places is collected in ponds and cisterns for use in gardens, washing machines, etc.
- Solar and geothermal energy is sufficient for all electricity, heating and cooling.
- Reduced energy consumption through optimal insulation, natural lighting in every room, and thermal mass compressed-earth block interior walls.
- Self-sufficiency in water, energy, food, and waste treatment reduces the costs of transportation and most of the pollution associated with large-scale production at a distance.
© Copyright 2011 Institute of Vedic City Planning / Maharishi University of Management
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