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United Kingdom: Maharishi Garden Village uses local artistry and local contractors
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2 April 2012
According to proponents of Vastu architecture, Maharishi Garden Village in Rendlesham, Suffolk, England serves as a great example of a housing community built in harmony with the laws of nature. They say this is true of all Maharishi Vastu-designed buildings, but especially so of the Rendlesham development, which is notable for using local designs and artistry and for building strong relationships in the existing community.
At the recent large Ecobuild Exhibition in London, Maharishi Garden Village was showcased as an ideal example of Vastu city planning.
According to John Renwick, a Vastu consultant, Maharishi Garden Village has fostered a strong relationship with the local community.
'We've done the development as a private one, but in harmony and working closely with the local planners, the local authority, the part of government that deals with spacial issues, built environment, and so on. We have good working relationships with the planners and that really has enabled us to build an entire development with all the houses facing east, which is very unusual for the UK.'
Mr Renwick also added that they have had 'a good track record' of working with builders, for whom Maharishi Vastu architecture is a completely new experience.
This development often leads to a good working relationship.
'The contractors who work on the site really like to work here,' Mr Renwick said. One team is about to return to work in Maharishi Garden Village and 'they really want to come back and carry on working on our houses. It definitely has an effect on the workers, which is a nice thing.'
Another unique aspect of the community is a reliance on local designs and artistry.
Mr Renwick explained that some of the houses have a feature called pargetting, a decorative plaster pattern applied to building walls. Each house is different, with each pattern unique. Most are an artistic rendering of something local: sheaths of wheat, birds, or other flora and fauna.
Mr Renwick said, 'It adds a bit of individuality and interest to the site and also introduces local workmanship, which is very important. We're trying increasingly to use local workmanship and local materials.'
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