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New sustainable building will have long-lasting legacy
by Global Good News staff writer
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12 June 2012
The new Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management has many features that make it unique in the field of sustainable building design, and its creators are already speaking of its legacy.
Said Jon Lipman, the building's chief architect, 'We are demonstrating that in the middle of a city, a self-sufficient building can be built—and that alone as an inspiration is already having a big effect. In addition to that, we have built this out of radically natural and local materials and that . . . I think will have an effect on buildings to be built for many years.'
The building, which was only recently opened, is not currently 100% self-sufficient. This will change very soon.
'The goal for this building,' Mr Lipman said, 'is that it will be completely self-sufficient, exactly according to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's vision for Vedic communities—it will generate all of its own power, it will supply all of its own water, and it will process all of its own waste. So it truly will be self-sufficient.'
But the building will showcase more than sustainability; it will give back to the campus and the community.
'It will be growing food inside, so even some of the food required for the nourishment of the students will be supplied within it. . . . A demonstration in the middle of a city of a self-sufficient building.'
Dr Peter Swan, an international expert in Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture, interviewed Mr Lipman and was impressed with the new Sustainable Living Center.
Dr Swan said, 'It is creating a new paradigm for what buildings should be. . . . They should be built according to the most ancient knowledge of construction and design . . . and according to the most modern understanding of the most healthy materials and the most healthy designs, how to minimize waste and how to maximize efficiency of the building.'
When these two elements of Vastu and sustainable design come together, 'then we will have the unit of a sustainable city, which is the unit of a sustainable world.'
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