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Conference on Maharishi Vedic Architecture
by Jim Karpen

The Review, Vol. 20, #1    Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
11 September 2004

A national conference on Maharishi Vedic(SM) architecture and sustainability being held October 8 will feature an internationally known speaker and a tour of homes in Maharishi Vedic City, the world's first community designed and built according to principles of Maharishi Vedic architecture.

The conference, sponsored by the University's Institute of Maharishi Vedic Architecture and titled 'Vedic Architecture: In Harmony with Natural Law,' will be held at the Gratzon residence near Maharishi Vedic City.

Among the speakers at the conference will be Michael Sorkin, dean of urban design and planning at the City College of New York and an internationally respected architect, urban planner, and promoter of sustainable development. Mr. Sorkin has visited Maharishi Vedic City in the past and authored a positive three-page article on his visit that appeared in the prestigious journal Architectural Record.

Also on the schedule are developers Jeffrey Abramson (who is also a Trustee of Maharishi University of Management) and Richard Bialosky, AIA, who will share their experiences and practical insights about constructing extremely energy-efficient buildings and communities using the principles of Maharishi Vedic architecture.

Veronica Butler, M.D., will speak about a new study that shows the effects of a building's orientation. The research showed that individuals sleeping with their heads to the north had significantly lower scores on the Mental Health Inventory compared to those who slept in other directions. In addition, those whose homes have south entrances had significantly poorer overall scores on the Mental Health Inventory than those with north or east entrances. They also reported more financial problems.

A second study showed that homes with a south entrance had 75 percent more burglaries than homes with other orientations.

Also speaking will be Kent Boyum, director of the federally funded Rebuild America program for Maharishi Vedic City. He is a biologist and environmental scientist who has been awarded several grants from the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for projects promoting sustainability and renewable energy programs now being implemented in Maharishi Vedic City and in the region.

Jonathan Lipman, AIA, the director of the Institute for Maharishi Vedic Architecture, will host the conference.

The conference is oriented toward developers, architects, builders, and those interested in building a home using principles of Maharishi Vedic architecture.

A major theme of the conference will be sustainability and how Maharishi Vedic architecture promotes sustainability by enhancing action in accord with the Laws of Nature.

For information or to register, see If you know of someone who would like to receive a colorful brochure about the conference, please e-mail the person's name and address to

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